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Friday, J f 3, 19^7 Cold 

Because of for and icy roads both the Reastce South- 
went School? were closed A '.-ave 
e holiday fre soon after the lo recess. It meant no 
dm- class, fiich th«yre Jjly i missing. In t] 

the bus » 9 pick up the ueu 1 qu ! L ad 
classes :-;ere held as usual. 11 few visit- 
ors, • 'item two Wayside Ion I s tes in uniform. 

Rev. Beffman baa come to ays for rest and 

rele.xation amd"med±t&tiam*, as ho calls it. He has a very I 
daily schedule. Besi \ xxr of the Cornerstone Baptist 

Church in Cambric -.e,h "Youth for Christ* program on 

radio, bro 'c stin ry morning at 6:45. It is called 
M Wr' the Morning" . $ev. n is the ee 

other e the Co-?ilot, Pilot and 8 tor. I rk 

must be rorth-vrhile , as he h a i ." . Lently 

knows how to | L to yoong people. 

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3. Gurney-fisymond has be: .ly in 

the Biary el lata. P rkaps tha most interesting Item conce 

her has sj our notice until today. On is si 
standing the little wooden cue with which she presented us the 

he arrived . She came by bus ana b ot into the 

Bar room nd settled herseli with ; si- ac- 

tion I fire hen up she jut;*- id said, ,. I 

brought you something t H Out of her travelling 
this cur- shaped somev i. ike am e„ :. . : rger i it 

I a nicely fitting cover surmcun-ed by a wooden knob. "This 
Was made by my great-greet grandfather", she r, : . , "of bitter rood. 

q the cue illed with r and alio ad, the 

er beeasn bitter and had so, Lities ma asired 

in the ' ys B . We shall put it in the eld kitchen presently 

re it LU Ive added inter- our other fine ex . 
wooden ware. 

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Sunday, January 5 ~tly C 

Karl Compton, president of the Mass . c .;. setts Institute 
of Technology,was one of our dinner guests this afternoon, c 
with Mrs. Compton and Professor ■?-&& Mrs. Hunsicker. 7: ■ for 

a long time in the Barroom in front of the firepl&e 
other this talked but the Ford Foundation. Mr. Compton is a 
member of the Bo I been to the Inn several times. La 
February, 194-6 he c ith the 0. B„ 0* site committee. Si, 
then, Mrs. Corupton has entertained bob in the old Kited- 

.lay, January 6 Son 

This was a very uiet day. One coui 
Lax and enjoy the fee in;; of the Inn and ha .....a.- ly 
'ticking. This is the kind of r if ,;.ointi. 

ry can be attended to, a squeaky door send -: , t radiator 
.ove level, shelves taken out to mska ro^ 
of the Bar. Books in v;hich the Diary is filed can be t s - 
to-date. Library books can be checked. This last is one o. 
most interesting chores, as many fascinating books are led in 
the process. One is reluct -..?•■ 

do so with the m to read 1 « 

Tuesday, January 7 ir 

Some years ago, probably fifteen* ,er 

of pioneer life in the Middle West m h ' 

the Middle Border 8 :re as Mr. Fa ' -.veral 

days. Since then, he lit. li. 

for a long, long time. Today ome on 

the weekly church sheet received frsaa Dr. Rose, a 
This is the last verse of "The Question" j 

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Wednesday, J 8 Sunny 

Mrs. Childs was a luncheon today. She has ji 
moved to Sudbury. In fact, her husband has ; 

;>st houses in town and she cane to the Inn to compare nohes, as 
w-ell as to eat. In the evening a young man, r din- 

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nmry 12-18, 1947 

Sunday, Janu ry . mer 

The old chairs in the Bar-room ha v- i . ad set in 
their respective pi or years end ye ajse who h: 

seen them every dtry they are just lovely old chairs. The 

evidently t ..erteln charac- 

ter . unnoticed until t. hen one of the small fry a 
denly discovered th t each one has a dlstinst personality* 
"That chair is tor I, "and th one is mother's 

Lr. This one is for sister and tha : .; one over there is baby's 

lr 51 . Is she pointed to s La turn, it aai- 

guish the determini- ators. The sturdy Brewster elmir 
with Its relatively Ii osts, I Ids sect, would 

eed suggest a robust ther. The p ly smaller C - 
ver chair, more simple in design, would be just rijriat for mo 
Sleter's chair £ initely its turnia 

. tiny arm chair, £ Inches in he:' ,om 
the floor -rid made for e small child, belonged, it seemed, to 

S seven ye r old, to baby. Glad to meet our newly discern 
ed abair faai I 

Monday, January 13 Gold 

The eather ems the toaic of eenv. today. 
The thermometer registered a little above zero and this earns. - 
all th let' of melted sno/. r to f'ro^zQ into solid ice in the 

■. One car had to be pried out ltd picks na 1'. 
of e It, Josephine Pon is rozen and i venture 

on it yesterday. 

Five business men ire i had lunch and 

Dr. Gross after his 'unch showed a your b the roca 

Uevira been h my times, Dr. Cross . 

Inn ~ . a Lm telling our pet sterie- sat 
from room to room. 

Tur • , January 14. Sleet 

These .uiet evenin a bri ... by our new 
neighbors Mr. . Colby, especialj , . Colby »ho is al- 
ways vivacious and cheerful, aha h I g merry '. ittle 1 . nd 
in spite of oelcyn ;aa a- urin, the toy, comes in 

smilira every night aroa . Inner time* Ke te is met by 


January 12-46, 194-7 


Tuesdpy, January 14. (continued) 

Mr, Colby who has spent his day in as office at Clinton, 

.-ther they talk nr :■ the rogress, or lack 
of it, teeing made on their renovation of the old Walker house. 

raters and carpenters still hold svray. The kitchen ivS 
r>ut rots aad p- ns and the ice box is empty. The Colby c are liv- 

otiualiy one room. The In- is t! elcoffis 

spot ,/hen dinner time comes around. 

Wednesday, January 15 Sleet 

All school: and' north o f ' Boston were closed to- 
dsy including ours, because of riving conditions. 

There was a thick fog and ice over everything. The trees were 
a be uti'al sight but one could not edmire them too much as 
walkin: MLS treacherous „ 

toother shelf of books in the libr l b check;. , 

This time they were vary old ones . such Sate I titles 
as "A Peer e Pilgrims in 1636" or "The Only Tn 
Goose" or just "I Cook Book" by A Lady. 

Thursday, J mi. ry 16 foagy 

The officer- in charge of the Nc-v Bruiting Sta- 
tion at Lowell, Baas. , spent consider sale time here this 

ternoon • nd talked abdat his coin collection. He carries 
list •! "coins wanted" in his coat pocket, because, be ex- 

ned, , v las -in may be lound in the most unexpected 
places. Be Said that a dish of olci coins is often found ir- 
on old Ne-.v England hoiaeste -a where it S&8 the custom to S 
old pieces of money. Hi - home is in Mississippi nd he spent 
his war yer-*rs in the Subra ine Service. 

Friday, J nu ry 17 Cold 

Winter Imaression 

Like paintins called impressionistic, this account 
of Winter at the Inn is a liter ry impression, written by one 
of our emplo' irst -/inter- here. 



ry 12-18, 1947 


This was a beautiful Winter *s day. The I -r looked 
equally beautiful with I of pure white snow and 

gracefully b birch trees. Sight adds ; ray tinge to the 
tB9 are asd sombre in contrast to tl lay- 

til ■■.nee. Once over the threshold of the Wayside Inn, 
however, .r it be day or ir or stormy, the tra- 
veller is g&van a nam end hearty welcome. The friendly atmos- 
phere and flickerl/ eller's visit one 
which he ?/ill long raraemb-. r. 

Sat- cy 18 Pleasant 

Another week-' " more special parties. This 
evening was gay wi informal weddin; dinner in the old 
dining room ^nd another party in the nea dining rocm a 
•a&e time. Th~ latter - dinner and business meeting of 
the Wayside Inn Boys School Alumni Association. Mr. s. 
Bow&er ease from Worcester as usual and be ir usual 
roses. Other \ . I .uests were j - . ~s. Graver Oronin 

of talthaau 


January 19 - 25, .1947 

Sunday, Janu: ry 19, 19,47 pi 

Forty-four ye, * p RSE , : 

Hesitation tad relaxation. To . . 

«gg /or their gth Ret* , J 

Sch re heralding the event. They arrived veaterd 

sat re tf waiting for fellow Fratars! * 

Durinp tha latter part Q -toon fcl 

two of three at ft time. Dr. Sfcl, here ; or ai in se- 

cession, . cordial m;.' 1 manner ua- 

uswllj genuine ?n& sincere. He is the "scribe 

Ch. " , 1 

Ina, is the Prior this time. Re 3 1 ---•, introduces 

the speakers -: \nd sees to it th frt te . 1 iaing 

room when dinner is ready. This letter is not a difficult task, 
for the Freters re ordinary ■ not chop wood, 

they ■. - \sm lot -*hen .. , iven. . Six partook 

of supper this evening, but when the dock struck ten, fifteen 
we or "S. Devotions 8 . It il alar 

custcii- )is retire vrid 1c be Inn to th- Frrters. Ftl 
Inn are enjoying this unique experii - . 

Monday, Janu ry 20, 194.7 

-alien t day to stay in the ■ . • - the streets 
snd paths were sheer ice. 

The program of tha l"retera a oed sis 

with morninr devotions at ten o 1 clock. Thro. y, how- 
ever, unusu 1 activities seemed to be going on and tc nr 
o* clock 1 her in the parlor, dressed in 
clothes of another day. Here is lec 

the men ted collars 

Ic stocks. With the rustlin o ail . skirts from 

the only 1 dy in the group, these people set - ; in their 

chair.- he doors were closed. L rehe : 
for the performance, to be in the 



January 19 - 25, 194? 


Monday, January 20 (continued) 

sketch entitled, "Longfellow Revisits the Inn ki 

as*. Dr. Max Kapp was the author and the played 

as follows: Longfellow, Prater Fiske; Hawthorne, a- Lalone; 
Lyman Howe, Frater Leinina;, Frater Cummin^ s; Broason 
Alcott, Fr?ter Beach and fargaret Fuller, I isher. 

The audience laughed heartily while these " user" 
Concord folk reminisced end told fumy stories about e >ch other. 
Margaret played old tunes on the spinet and Longfellow favored 
the group by ell 7 Long Ago". Then there* u witfc 

consent of t>' lea, "The Legend : 


Longfellow then said, "Thank you, Henry David. The 
tale is over, the evening- is spent, our time I ae. Perb 
we shall never be together her;. ill come seek* 

e&at we have sought here, finding| I trust, a have 
found. Manj'- need the shelter of a quiet friendly hour. I pro- 
pose th !h oi us snail leave hidden here forever, a measure 
of our joy and a portion of our peace and some courage and some 
strength, to be forever ine: b ' orever free to those 
who seek. Good night, my friends, and sweet, sweet dreams". 

Tuescay, January 21, 1947 Pleasant 

The sun peered thx :he clouds this morni; 
added its friendly warmth and cheer to I : ae spirit oi com- 

eshij: which prevails in the Inn daring the Rctr .-ioa. 
The Fraters, after reading the morning papers.. 
old Kitchen where Oharle, a, a rel I eiy new member, gave 
suggestions on "How To Read The Bible", based on Goodspeed*! 

This being a special anniversary year, the -45th, the 
Fraters arranged a progr afternoon called "Do You Remem- 
ber?" and from the bursts of laughter heard, we presum- 
of tea now-famous stories, told in by-gone days, ware recalled. 
"Presentation hQ Gold-headed Cane" was iy funny 



January 19-25, 1947 


Tuesday, January 21, (continued) 

one of Tomlinson-.* s ond the Fraters chuckled over it, when rape-;, ted 
■ llace Be 

The reminiscing wes continued this evening when Dr. Etz 
showed moving pictures of a Retreat back in the late twenties period, 
This shows Miss Hopkins welcomin ministers as paplle in the 
Mary Lamb school. The men are throwing snow-balls in the yard until 
"liss Hopkins appears in the- doe ohool be] J in hand to 

summon them to class. They .lie in one by one, performing youthful 

After the movies, the men brought chairs into the Parlor 
formed a semi-circle. Then a ef the line, 

a letter is given, the second man adding another letter and so on. 
In this way the spellinp- match starts, and ends, usually vvdth the 
hea;: t the foot of the class. This continued until the Even- 
ing Devotions, whic ys end our day wi~ -s. 

Honor guest with the Fraters this evening was Leon 
Carmich^el, President of Tuft*s College. 

Wednesday, J;, nu ry 22, 194-7 Very Gold 

Before breakfast Fraters Van Schc ick ■ ott left the Re- 
treat. They were the first to ,o and. one ly one the others left, 
but most waited to attend the impressive traditional com- 
munion service sitting around the trestle t ble in the old Kitchen 
conducted by Frater Reamon. 

By luncheon time about twelve left and to relieve 
the feelinp. of sadness that vat creeping in, Dr. Leinin told one 
funny story after snother,so we were all laughing in spite of our- 

Reluctant goodbyes were s? id ..Iter lunch 
treat was over excevt" >r one lone lorn Frater. fr. Ellenwood 

. to wait for someone to come . ■ Is. He. s- id, "I feel liks 
the last ] tree* 9 but h I a iry Mile* 


January 19 - 25, 1947 

Thursday, Jami. try 23, 1947 7 Cold 

A Rrty oi .oixteen aotorea over ice-ca; com 

Milfor .achusetts this morni:- Loomed e pot in 
front Ox the Bar room fire before luncheon v?as server . B 
them w '.iiisters and the other half, their somen folk. 

Friday, January 24, 1947 Sunny 

Most iatersstin guest I "■ Mr. ?aa Doover from 
Holland who, before luncheon, stopped to ftdaire the old Dutch 
table in the Bar room. He nodded affirmatively several times as the 
hostess describe ' he had seen others like 

it in his native country. He then -sent into a Ion,., conversation, in 
broken English, about other Dutch tables and said ti. sen 

some old tables in Holland with the family coat—. ..■;, either 
Ted or painted on the side of the table. Mr. fan Doover also 
sired the Cooll p bucket. He hustle; _ er luncheon 
by t ' business associates .: c :> i . they v/ere driving their 

foreign </uest to New Hampshire. 

urday, January 25, 1947 Mild 

Among our honored guests to.: y came Mrs. Bancroft Beatley, 
. oi the President ©X Simaons College, with s group of twenty- 
five Indies. 

fhe.l icken pie luncheon :md later en- 

joyed a tour throu Inn. *£rs. Beatley mentioned that our 
were enjoying a college reunion and delegates had come from live 
leading women's colleges in Aasric 

She Inn also welcomed Mrs. Laid from Chicago 

and her young son, a student at St. Harks School* Mrs. Field 1. 

. 3ry pleasing person- lity and looked "chic", 
in brorni suit with nz^jy blue accessories « 

January 26 to February 1, 194.7 

Sunday, January 26, 194-7 Warm 

"That was the best roast beef I*ve had in a Ion,:; time", 
said Mrs. Bean, dinner guest today. She went on to explain that 
roast beef in her own home is served in small slices. Here she 
was able to enjoy a thick, large cut from a large roast. 

Other dinner guests today were Mr. and tors. Charles P. 
Gorely of Welleslay Kills who are experts in the field of ceramics 
and about fifteen years ago founded the Wedgwood Club for col- 
lectors of that beeutiful chin . 

Monday, January 27, 194.7 Rain 

This year the January thaw has been i real one. The 
snow is almost gone now and it would only take e f«w more nmi 
sunny days for the lilac buds to burst forth. The first pussy 
willow has been found and bluebirds have been seen in parts of 

\d. Today the ralB is filling the brooks vrhich, freed 
from their covers of ice, can be heard babbling over the stones. 
The ice still holds, however, on Calvin Howe Pond and the other 

In the midst of the rain Mr. and Mrs. Rhoades arrived 
for lunch. They never sit at hose and bemo a ier, but 
go right out in it and enjoy it. 

Tuesday, January 28, 1947 Warm 

"Thank You" notes are coming in from the Fraters. 
Dr. Van Schaick writes that he enjoyed this year*s He treat more 
than usual because "sometimes in the past the wise cracking has 
got on my nerves!* It seemed to those who listened in, that the 
•138 cracking confined itself to Wednesday just before the Fraters 
said good-bye. Then they were joshing each other back and forth 
as & kind of cover-up for the sad time of partin . or instance, 
Rev. Ellenwood, who comes from Rhode Island, had to take his share 
of it and was asked if, in his state, a man was allowed to marry 
his *ldsw*f sister. To this Rev. Ellenwood replied, "Had you 
asked me that before ray nar>, I sight have said •yes* 5" Dr. Van 
Schaick ended his note by seyim that the Inn never seemed more 
hospitable or more cheery. 



January 26 - February 1, 1947 


Wednesday, January 29, 1947 Clear and Cold 

Yesterday* s POST contained some sad. news for us and for 
the people of Sudbury - namely the closing of the Southwest School. 
It has served the town for fifteen years and Mrs. Bennett has 
ttught there F« ithfully end conscientiously since the opening of 
the school. Her pupils have been outstanding vbftC they graduate 
can compete with any other first year students upon entering high 
school. These children are going to miss her whom they fondly call 
"Ma" Bennett. 

Another newspaper yesterday carried, underneath the head- 
ing, "Fifty Years Ago Today*, the following Itemi 

Sudbury's tavern of Revolutionary fame has been purchased 
by Edward R. Lemon of Dover, Htw Saap shire wfco will preserve the 
hostelry no live in it. 

Thursday, January 30, 1947 Colder 

The time is at hand when we ara again at our research 
work on things old; stories ...bout tinea or descriptions of ant-ionos 
which help us to answer the numerous questions asked about the Inn 

Today some tavern signs in En, *ere explained] signs 

which display "The Five Alls". It was discovered that the Five 
Alls were as follows: a bishop who was labeled "I pray for all", 
e la.vyer "I plead for all", s .. rmer, * maintain ail", a soldier 
"I fight for all" and a devil "I take all". 

Something else found today v&s the name of the oldest 
known instrument played with a bow. It is called ■ crooth; the 
correct spelling being "crwth" and pronounced "crooth". 

Friday, January 31, 1947 Fleasant 

From all appearances this *ould seera like a balmy day 
in June, for the sky was clear aria am south Rind prevail. 

Mr. Duncan, a frequent guest at the Inn, too 
of this spring-like day, by packing his knapsack and valking brirtc- 
ly through the wooded paths surrounding the Inn. 

One more indication of sprim was s pure white snowdr 
which bloomed for a few short hours, only to be shallowed up or 
more by the wintry blast. 

January 26 - February 1, 1947 

Saturday, February 1, 194-7 Clear 

Soon of this crystal clear day brought two Interesting 
guests. The first 989 Mr. Mechlin of Hudson, Massachusetts ??ho 
brought s group of seven students to have luncheon and also to 
visit our historic Wayside Inn. The boys seemed intensely in- 
terested in everything they saw and were eager to go on aril visit 
the Coach House, Grist Mill end Mary Lamb School, 

We were also pleased to welcome Mr. Emerson on his 
first visit to the Inn. Mr. Saerson i?as especially interested 
in the -vidth of the boards in the Barroom floor end especially 
the way they taper off at one end. 

Mr. Baerson lives in a house on Brattle Street, which 
was built in £&©£" and contains this same kind of tapering boards 
both in the floors and on the walls. 


;ru.:.ry 2 - 8, 1947 

Sunday, February 2 PL 

The first of -February brought news of the closin . o the 
Grist Mill. Ones before it was clos; q Mr. BatheaoB, the miller, 
to leave on account of illness. Ti 

rind, it had to be closed again* Good millers are 
roe, but Mr. Perry of Sudbury was finally procured and he has been 
carrying on ever since, Children loved to visit him and he liked to 

Ea the wheel run so that they could see the water splashing 
over it. le, too, will regret the el: Mill, Go- 

:.t meal to bake home or rambling around this picturesque 
spot was rorite pastime for hundreds of people, es on 

Monday, February 3 Cloudy 

today was one of those i '■■■■.. occurred. 

The weather looked unsettle aot many people ventured out. The 
routine duties of the Inn could be carrie interruption. 

free olci ball 

cleaning and polishing eoula be tat everything insi- 
house is shining. So many people spa , especially. 

n asked what is used to clean it they are tol. "mostly el- 
bow grease". 

Miss Saturday for a ' - It 

a brother in Bee Jersey. Acco i there was no 

snow that day in that vicinity. This was her chief anxiety about tiie 
trip, since she and her aether were drivin* . 

Tuesday, February 4 in 

As the rain beat against the i pane* 6- 

tied .around the Inn, an elderly stood in the bar room and 

related the story oi a "chair" and -ailrf 1 . 

The chair, which was like the Carver chair in t . room, 
was made by a cabinet ■ ..ker, *he later bartered it for a uilt. 
Both the chair ; td , uilt were handed down from one gener 
another, until the owner of the chair Berried the owner o juilt. 
So, in this generr den, uilt end chair have round their way into one 



2 ■ - 3, 1947 


Wed:. . -February Cold and Clfl 

unusual phenomenon occurred at intervals thl a-: 
day; snow flurries with the sun shining at the eaU4 time. It 
■ beautiful fight to see the snos whirling and sparkling in the sun- 
:ht against a blue sky. 

Mrs. C mpbell, at one tin frequent visitor to the Inn, 
m for lunch for the first time in several years. An elderly lacy 
who was Mrs. Campbell's guesty was afl enthusiastic 

house as any young person. 

Thursday, February 6 Very Cold 

The temperature this rnornir ro, a cold d 

to go fishing I But Mr. Est rived on an early bus and set 
off with a Ban who drove over from Arlington, te rby rond. It 
must be worth -'7hile,, but it seems like plain h-rd sorj hose who 
a not fishing enthusiasts. 

Just before lunch, Ann Bredsha* from Sudbury, she Nat a hos- 
tess here last year, brought a to see the Inn. We 
-, her to her own devices, since she is so faftili rooms 
I made an excellent guide. 

Somet ry unusual nfliSMtfl to write on our meal 
slips. To Miss r . ^asure ordered lunch. She was from Cali- 
fornia the most latere plaee she had yet 
see, "and so eleaa -nd well kept!" 

Friday, February 7 Snow 

The weather forecast for today was cold, with occasional 
snov : lurries. On. inches of BBtoe fell thro- a day, 

1 the temper -rent 3teadily downward, until it readied a cool 
ten above zero. 

Among the guests that wes 3 forth o^ wintry d. 
were our ever friendly neighbors, the Colbys - this 'time br:'. 

Early eveni- jht Mr. L. Jones of Gaubridge, 1 a- 

setts* Mr. Jon Lfl party of seven enjoyed a roast beef dinner, 
served to them in the old kitchen. 

February 2-8, 1947 

bruary 2 Pleasant 

This was e Inn. We I . iurly in , 

manning witb a soddln fcfaatj served to a party oi seven, in v 
old dining room. 

The remainder of the party arrive.;] at noon, at which time 
chicken pie luncheon was served in the large dining room. 

Vocal selections were rendered by several o; the guests, end 
i in the afternoon the joyful bride and groom left on their wedding 



February 9-15, 1947 

Sunday, February 9, 1947 Cold, Windy 

Mr. and Mrs. Whitman ircm Marlboro celebrate their for- 
tieth redding anniversary today. About thirty people sat down to 
a delicious turkey dinner at one lon f : table in the old dining 
room. In the group were several small, but very well-behaved, 
children* The t.-.ble looked vecy attractive with fta arrangatiaat of 
pine in pewter bowls and two t le yellow tapers in pewter 

■.dlesticks. It was a gala occasion for the vhoie family, bee&u&te 
the birthday of their married daughter M being celebrated as 
well. Nine members of the party had driven all bha ■■; y from Pro- 
vidence, Shod* Island to be here. 

Among our dinner guests in the de.j Mere two men 
and two women who seemed to be conversing in German. It 
found out by looking in the register hat they were from Switzer- 
land . 

Monday, February 10, 1947 Cold 

We are still having high winds and cold weather in the 
bargain. People come in with rosy cheeks and noses, too, and 
make straight for the welcome warmth of the fire. 

Helen Eaton same in to discuss plans for a wedding. She 
is a Sudbury girl nd a gr- duate of the Redstone and Southwest 
Schools. Her engagement to a Sudbury boy has just bees cnnounced. 

In the evening a little boy said to his Bother, who was 
showing him the Hessian andirons, "Are thoy gingerbread men, mumray?" 

Tuesday, February 11, 1947 Pleasant 

This was a rather uneventful day as far as parties and 
interesting guests were concerned, but not a dull day as far as 
improvements at the Inn are concerned. 

Sever! nee additions eaM to the Inn today. The first 
was a shiny new set of silverware for the tables. Everyone in the 

atry was busily poliscin ountir: KM i urchase, in order 
to put it in readiness for the noon meal. 

Later in the afternoon, he men folk be yon scurrying from 
place to place - the object beinr. to install emergenc,. 1 ts at 
various points throughout the house. 



February 9-15, 1947 


Tuesday, February 11 (continued) 

Last, but not least, we find the ever present Mr. Coulter 
finishing up the day's work with paint can and brush in hand- put- 
tingthe finishing touches on his freshly painted pantry. 

Wednesday, February 12, 194.7 Clear and Cold 

Today .v. \ which saw such sie. dy service day and ni. 

during the war, is again fluttering in the breeze in honor of 
Lincoln's birthday. 

A clipping from a Sudbury newsp.-.per has been brought to 
our attention. It concerns the last msetint' of the Wayside Inn 
Boys School Alumni, . tiea was held at the Inn recently. It i 
voted to purchase a Memorial Bible to be placed at the Martha - 
Mary Chapel. In this Bible will be inscribed the names of all the 
boys *hd gave their lives in World far II. Wilfred Allen of Allen's 
Country Store was appointed to invo; ; . the purchase. 

Thursday, February 13, 1947 Cold et&d Sunny 

Today the Inn welcomed an interesting group of sorority 
Is from Boston University. 

The ^irls arrived early in the evening to -'ecorate their 
tables in the large dining roo^ with heart shap?. i center- 

piece. The thirty girls enj , ry dinner served to then 
tables arranged around the fir place. 

The remainder of the eveni-: spent sits group sing- 
ing at the piano, in the large dinin;,; room,and a tour through the 

Friday, February 14, 1947 - Warm 

On this Valentines evening, the Lin resounded with the 
laughter and gaiety of sixty young people. The ocv a the 
annual Junior Proa held by the studenta of . , ■ Inn Boya 
School . 


■Vbruery 9-15, 19-47 

Friday, February 14. (continued) 

The hall was attractively decorated ~ith yellow and blue 
streamers, ?rhich made a colorful background for Mr Hsynes .nd hie 

The ever popular "Virginia Reel" was .igh-light of 
the evening, as it brought many of our friend:- employees in 
from the side lines. Mrs. Bennett came in e dashing r ith 
whit© carnation corsage; Miss Do Ian, in jot black; Mrs. Purdy, in 
a stunning rhinestone studded pink marquisette gown. Mr. ^aley 
and Mr. Flsberty also ventured forth. 

Refreshments v?ere served at intermission, i ad a joycut 
time was had by all. 

Saturday, February 15, 194-7 Pleasant 

Today the Inn vrsleonied rglte a number of guests and unong 
them came a frequent guest - Professor Schsll from the Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology. Professor Schell entertained ik of 
twenty-five students and faculty members at a luncheon served in 
the old dining room. Following the luncheon, a business meetin 
held in the small ballroom. Evening brought the gr^up back for a in- 
ner end motion pictures in the ballroom. 

A fashionable dinner-d.- net: Iso part of 's acti- 
vities. Sixty couples enjoyed a roast l?;rnb dinner served in the large 
dining room, and concluded the evening with dancing in the large ball- 

February 16-22, 1947 

Sunday, February 16, 1947 Very Pleasant 

Such names as DuPont, Sea Alen and Altemus usually appear 
in the society section of the New York limes. Today they a&st be 
recorded as week-end guests at the Wayside Inn, Victor DuPont, Jr. 
is, of course, of the famous Wilmington, Da] aaaily, The 

Alens come from Millbrook, Ne;? York vs. Altemus is regis- 
tered from Belmont Court, Newport, Rhode Island. All have boys 
attending the Fay School at Southboro. Today they hi eH 
under protest from the boys who entertained them yesterday with a 
mid-winter school carnival, skating, basketball, etc. l&r, and Mrs. 
Goates of Philadelphia stayed, over for dinner, thereby filling up 
■ir son and his friends with a hearty mid-day meal t el ore leaving. 

Monday, February 17, 1947 ^old 

There eame to our attention recently an interesting bit 
of news concerning the Longfellow House in Cambridge, nr.mely that 
it has been turned into a lodging house again. Young Henry Long- 
fellow in the early 1800* s was a boarder when this lovely ©Id man- 
sion was kept by fldev ^raigie. The story is that she rt to 
give him a room at first because of his very youthful ance, 
but when she found he was a professor at Harvard, she was very glad 
to take him in. After Longfellow wae marriec later on, he bought 
the house and it was hi? home for fifty years. Since then his 
grandson Henry Vfadsworth Longfellow ai living there alone, 

The house is owned by Miss Ann Thorp, grand-niece of the poet and 
recently she has allowed several younr ; couples and a few R-a- cliffs 
students to occupy the third floor attic. Now Miss Sharp has been 
given oormission to use all of this historic structure, which 
Washington usee as his bead rs, as a rooming house. 

Ttge&day, February 13, 194.7 Very Pleasant 

A young men has been staying here for the past several 
days, keeping a roora on - floor to which he retreats 
soon as his ftay*8 *ork is done. The day*s work, we learned this 
eveaing, is in connection with the Waltham Watch Company. This 
nr i is trying o oromote a new and delicate steel gear, *fei< 

1 D eatehes, t uld prolong the life of a timepiece and re- 
duce wear on certain other parte. The gear is at present in the 

February 16-23, 1947 

experimental stage sad may not, prove practical until some far dis- 
tant future. Our gu#fflt, towever, seemed enthu si-: j s tic : ppy a- 
bout his "find" and interested in Mr. Ford's collection of time 
piece a at Dearborn. 

Wednesday, February 19, 1947 Pleasant 

The day was nn and sunny in the morning, but soon the 
wind began to rise and people coming in at luncheon time said it was 
getting very cold. Among diem wa . oup of live, two of whom were 
elderly ladies; in Tact, one -was --six years ©Id aad the other, 
ninety-two. The latter was auite aisap ; ointed not to see lobster on 
the menu, but we noticed she thoroughly enjoyed her chicken fricas- 

Mr. and Mrs. Whitman came again: this time, with Mrs. Lip- 
, their daughter, and her son Peter. Peter, &g*d five, pulled 
at his grandfather's hand and Bait he wanted to look zrov 
house, which they did until they were s a i\vr luncheon. 

Another luncheon guest, a Mrs. Hammond, said she was 
very anxious to eel in sometime ana spend the night as her father 
years ago. 'Then he was coving from West ^rookfieia to Rg&tb&B 
stayed here ov - t and was allowed to stores his load of furni- 
ture in the barn. 

Thursday, February 20, 1947 Partly Cloudy 

A Mr. Sprague, recent guest, tola of owning a dinner set 
whicL once belonged to hon -'fellow. He said th no 

special sentimental charm for him, but he liked its blue and gold 
border sad bo it sever--- 1 y... . o. 

Another recent guest wa» Mr. Henry S. Dean i son of the 
well-known paper company whose home is not, far from here* His first 
wife died several years ago and he bas married again. The new 
Mrs. Bennison came vith her husbe.- ; .rod in a neighborly «sy 
for some absentee members of the Inn staff. 


February 16-23, 1947 

Friday, February 21, 194-7 Snow 

Our mild spring-like weather was el iaaica d • with a 
heavy snow fall. The storm, which began in the early morning, las - 
throughout the day and evening, and left the countryside blanketed 
with eight to ten inches of snow. 

Only a few people ventured forth in the storm, but by 
evening the Old Kitchen was put in readiness for a dinno y. 
Mr. Flanagan from Belmont entertained e group of friends around the 
glowing fire, which added a touch of warmth and friendliness on a 
cold winter's eve. 

Saturday, February 22, 1947 Very Cold 

February 22nd, Washing ton's birthday and a crisp win- 
ter morning, found everyone scurrying ab ut to put the Inn in readi- 
ness for the holiday guests. 

A quick glance at the reservations shoved tho f of 
our friend ing to be with u? today, but an ir of surprise 
filled our hearts when a tr . tely womo: eared in the doorway, 
then advanced to the desk and exclaimed, "I am Mrs. Franklin Delano 
Roosevelt, • I had a r- lion for dinner". Ears. Roosevelt 

looked charming in her black //ool crepe dress, black e ■.- 

ver fox neck piece , and modest black hot. 

Our honored guest stood by the fireplace in the bar room 
and listened intently as a hostess related the historic significance 
of the Wayside Inn. 

Mrs. Roosevelt lectured is Boston o: y, and came 
to South ; oro to see her nephew. We *ar inde e d honored that 
Mrs. Roosevelt concluded her trip to New England n-ith ft visit hare. 


February 23 - March 1, 1947 

Suncky , February 23 Pleasant 

Speaking with a decided foreign accent, some Swedish 
.uests tod~?y turned out to be Mr. and Mrs. Tugvar Luannilson of 
Drottingholm, Stockholm. They explained that Drottingholm is 
the little, old village adjacent to the King's Palace. It ori 
ally supported one shoemaker, one cabinet maker, one blacksmith, 
etc., as did every other small village in the center of a lai 

-rea. Drottingholm, however, was the King's o?/n villi 
People who live there no>7 are desirous oi' maintaining its old 
customs and traditions. ^ committee has been formed, 
have been printed and Mr. Luannilson is prominent in h stora- 
tion TOrk. 

He has come to America to give lectures (not on 
Drottingholm) at some of the largest universities and is at pre- 
sent spending two weeks at Harvard. Later he ] lans to visit the 
Rouge Plant and would like very much to return to Bev En in 
the spring to spend a longer time at the v . Inn. 

Monday, February 24- Glaar a&d Cold 

Tivo sisters, who Saw house guests last ni;;ht, 1* 
this uorning, regretfully saying thi _ erful 

rest. They especially enjoyed e . ,r ulk last night when the stars 
?ere very beautiful snd unusually brilliant. 

Mr. Thomas came again for lunch *ith some business 
men. Among them was a man frora Norway. 

In spare moments, linen squares are bein, d to 
nut on the tables in the bedrooms this summer. 

Tuesday , February i Windy 

In spite oi cold -'inter rinds and ten inch snow 
, I I if'neying from olace to place and. come from 

long distances to Sudbury. Dur he past week-end, guests 
have jotted down their names in the register book P these 
far-away places t Peris, Corsica, iiua, f 

nada » 



February 23 - fiferch 1, 1947 

-2- , 

Tuesday , February 25, (continued) 

Two youn,i ladies iro<r n are here for overal 

to study our period furniture. Thsy are compiling material on 
three or four diff vraM in JtaMr&gfea history - ty es of 

houses, hiraiture used, color oi f k±&6s oi wooc. em- 

ployed. The pur-ore of the study is .;ot uite clear. It may 
develop into a book. "3e*re having fun, anyway I * r tney joyfully 

We dnesday, February 26 Sunny 

The sun melted a good deal of the snow today, but 
not enough to show the bare ground. 

Tsro people from Mexico City tuxied out from Boston. 
The driver explained that they could not speak much En 
but they seemed to enjoy the house. 

Thursday , February 27 

One hundred .arid forty > on February 27th, 
our beloved ; s born in Portlan 6 1 Ins. His last resting 
on is in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, where ever, j on 
this day a wreath is i. It is unite tram greens gathered 
ne; ; r the Inn and is laid on the modeat stone '-aieh bears no 
other inscription than the nose - "Longfellow - 

"And depart la ve behind us 
Footprints on the of tiara** 

Friday , February 28 Pleasant 

One of our house guests in to b st today 
ritfl a gleaming smil ! on her face. She e - '. t it was 
like finding a million dollars to look out the wind tia morn- 
ing ana see a blue jay. Our gnest sent on to explain that she 
lived in the city, ana i' . to see the birds 

and the snow. 

Our fre uent guests, the Pite-irris, ease - or dinner 
this evening and a.o usual complimented us on the fine quality 
of the dinner. The Fitcairns -re newlyweds and since Mrs. Pitcaim 

atet uite mastered the art of cookery, they look ior- rd to 
coning to the Inn. 

February ?3-«arch 1, 1947 


Saturday, March 1 Cold 

On this winter day, as he B & V bus drew up to the 
front gate, two elderly ladies descended and approached the Inn 
v/ith short and quickened steps. As they approached the hostess, 
y announced themselves as Miss Sail from the Stats Tocher s 

College la Franinghara, Masse chusetU: dss Cove. 

Evening found our feffa guests enjoyim- t&a m and 
solitude of the Inn, as wel: he flickering firelight in the 
old bar room. 

Miss Hall and her friend, Miss Cove, seemed over- 
joyed at the opportunity to spend the night at. the Inn, for, 
they explained, they had visited the Wayside Inn tt times, but 
just never found it convenient to stay ov t. 


■ arch 2 to 8, 1947 

Sunday, March 2, 1947 Stormy 

March has come in like a lion. March winds are roar: 
across the quiet Sudbury ae V$ IftXgs - si BMW are 
whirling throu ' ir. gfee .vorst stem oris year J Travelling 
by foot or on wheels is not an especially easy or enjoyable task, 
but in spite Sf it, a few guests, wraped in woolen scarfs and fur 
coats, fauna food and shelter under tris old gambrsl roof. Last 
guest of all came from T.xas. 

Monday, March 3, 1947 Windy 

House-hunters last week were efeSJ • „ . Pill. 
of Philadelphia , who spent two -re. They will soon be our 
neighbors in Lincoln, where an apartment was loc id to whica 
they will bring their &ew daughter. The prcu-I youa owed 

shot of her bounding chila and promised fcc ber acquainted 
with the Wayside Inn. 

Mrs. entertained us also with as account of her 
boarding school cays at Chi " all, ifcere she Idm pbine 
Ford. Dr. Pilling graduated *rc>n tale in the class .vith 
Mr. Henry Ford II end after serving in the .rar, has been chosen 
as SB assistant to Dr. Gross in the Children's Hospital, Boston. 

Tuesday, -.larch 4> 194-7 ■'.indy 

A recent guest talk- c s number oi" things! ire buckets, 
■oral Lafayette, Ann Hatha way's cottage and a house in Ver-nont. 

Taking- the subjects one by one, be tol 
bag and trench which was carried in every eld fire bucket, the ' 
to hol^ trinkets sad household articles picked up in a aurry and 
trench for taking do an o- beds. 

Of General Lafayette our guest spot 1th the t 
lira ties p.nd respect. 

Ann Hathaway' s cot &nd as the subject of 

settles as '.-iscussed. She settle in the fastens Prp lish cottage 
is equipped vith a special back-rest shieh makes a comi'ortablesseat 
instead of the usual , straight-becked type. 

oh 2 to 3, 1947 

t, but not least, a house in Vermont was mentioned 
and the problem of choosin, b sac for it. Being located In Ver- 
mont, our famous sag backet suggested I a buih. This el « c 
for his house set #ith the approval of Mr. Rantoul, who seamed well 
versed on almost any subject. He explained bush is 

really ft collee trees. 

Wednesday, March 5, 1947 Clear :nd 6©id 

* tall, stately gentleman came to the Inn for breakfast 
lorning - el on; with his fifteen guests. ntleman r 
Bishop L. 0. Hartman of Boston and tfa o L t .st 

to br' S3 delegatea together in oj arrangements 

for ft conference to be held In Boston in 194-S. 

Bi. • lethc list clergymen vho 

e from all sections of the United States, Sev* 11 the 
w,?y from San Francisco, Calif oral.-, and scinated the 
Ian and i 

Arson had recei copy of "Tin \ cters in 
the Tales of s Wayside Inn" by John Van Schaick, Jr. frea Bish c 
Rurtman, so that each gaest would be familiar with our historic Inn 
upon arrival* 

Thursday, March 6, 1947 Pleasant 

Gaiety una grief set side by side in the dining room last 
evening when Mrs. Grover Cronin frea fslthua arrived at the 

s. Warren Powell frog Concord. I item, they 

symbolized the >;bove emotions. Mrs. Cros I She ul and full 
of fun while Mrs. Powell, who has recently lost he* husband, showed 
inly her great sorrow be rrm, brave Ssile* 

Friaay, March 7, 194-7 Clear 

Miss Herbert, recent over se b ck 

to the Inn for luncheon tofay. She i. id Cross 
n workin," in this section tor the past few weeks, 

it- IDE INN 
•eh 2 - S, 1947 

Last, but not 1 ast, ca&e I fed Mrs. iinox, 5;:o entr • 

t- Ineu • inner. When le. r», Knox raved r.b.ut the 
mrny beautif' 1 : : . :- ■■.. - nut 

the Inn. 

Saturday, &arch $ Pleasant 

This had proved to be an uneventful day until Mr. Holcor 
B five guests walked briskly into the bar room. 

As it was early afternoon, they registered for overni 
and then departed for e. milk through the country . ■ - retimed 
cold and hungry, for they had walked to Bridshavr's store in Sud- 
bury end back again. 

After dinner, the gs \xv. o'' six gathered in the bar room 
to hear the hostess rela istory of the Wayside Inn. 
Mr. Ilolcoffib is a his tori .n, t>o he *&s intensely inter in 
ev ^rythin i could learn about t [ .. The group concluded the 
evening by reading the "Ties of las*, in front of the 

n fire in the bar room. 


to 15 j i94.7 

Sunday, March 9th Pleasant 

A thirty-nint< ■ In - ealei ■ hart 

today by Mr. and Mrs. Theodore F. Borst c- la * r. 

Alter dinner they Ma tb« rooms special notice 

o'i the Longfellow room, where sever .1 .leys of their honeymoon vera 

Nearly two 
ortnti horse and buggy. 

Bet id Mrs. Borst leaked in good ha L1 nd 
pr-udly announced their happy record. 

Monday, Karefc 10th 

A de <r little group of "Brownies 1 re our guests on 
• recent - o'temoon : ,nd lived up bo i, by their 

on-- : ty beJ let and atter. : i. they heard the story 
of the house. They are the pre-Girl Scouts and showed interest 
in the eld cookinr utensils. See or three helpful mothers drove 
cars free. \ r\d, in order to give these thirty lively yeas 
&ters»bet*een seven ..nd .^e, a profit r- 

sehool ante rtainmsnt . 

Tuesday, March 11th 


Mrs. Myl ndisn ems a recent visitor. Her id 
is & direct deseaadea.t :.: Plymouth 1 s early captain. 

Another recent guest sai r v-ndfather refused 
to eat his food from an; a e« Hi^ . and 

fork mode boo MUBP noise on the m ishes. 

Mrs. Spencer from Worcester br. upht some two tined forks 
to show the hostesses. The forks have wooden fa a ur- 

usu 1. 

March 9 to 15, 194-7 

Tuesday, March l|)th (Continued) 

s. Eleanor Rooseve": . her recent visit to 

:i the Detroi" . . "aeli^htfui* 1 . 

ftp" ■-'-.-■■. ills, Virgin _ck 

to Boston >vith -&• X., his wife as , the bus he 
planned to take, fffcissed 

Crocuses are in bl atside the Old Kitchen #indo». 

Wednesday, March 12th Pleasant 

This afternoon a young couple cams to the Inn and 
registered from Basel, Settseri&iid. b they were not very 

.'ative, they spent e Ion a. time studying the furniture, pictures 
and articles on tl ■ mils. leaving; they remarked how 
much tha.y enjoyed every tdl< i lly the primitive i^aleaents 

found in our Old Kitchen. 

At noon, a fitting r » rk tsz.& Bade by an elderly lady 
she paid her lunta ieck» "I feel like my grandson, : sen 
askaa If he would ■ i.: nether co . .. . '_ , ranny, 

but I is tight* B 

An early dinner v&e enjoyed by Rev. Qckenga nd his 

family in the 01c. Dining Room. ... Qckenga is ;' the Park ■ 

Street Church in Boston and is very is to ha Is only son, 
noa three months old, follow in his footsteps. 

Thursday, March 13th il& 

The executive eeamlttee of th< «*s National Barm 
vden Associ- I noon and ears 

served a del; .1 Iubc in the Ola Dinia a. 

The group, una, jf Mrs. Paul Burr^.e, 

Past President of . . - | 'ion, c the Inn, after viewing 

a flower Show in Boston , England Para 

Garden Associate booth again this year. 

ase at: no luncheon included Mrc. Hubert Lazell 
Carter of Sewtonville, nation 1 Vice- Pre sidentj - al Barrage of 
Weston, Past President, .vith four. i of the jLSseeic 

larch 9-15, 1947 

Friday, March 14, 194-7 Cloudy 

The New York State Legislature <uu- designated this week 
as Cultural History Week. Considerable discussion of the theme h. 
ensued. What signifies Cultural History? 

Historians have come to the conclusion that furniture, 
utensils, toolr rn implements used by everyday people of past 
generations can, in a sense, be treated as documents just as much 
as manuscripts. In other Boards, ntiques belong to our cultural 
history and should be treated • importance as storybook 

' tory. The Inn then serves the American people as 3 school of 
Cultural History. 

Saturday, March 15, 194-7 Sunny and Warm 

TM.s nee a r,erfec': day for an es rly spring wed-, 
held this evening at eight o*clock. Because of a fir- .vhi-a destroyed 
their own church in Northboro some time ago, it was necessary for 
Miss Rich sad Mr. Vaughn to have the ceremony performed elseirhere 
and the Martha-Mary Chapel was chosen. About one hun:. td fifty 
guests atten us ie candlelight ge r ea oay. 

During the rehearsal eerlier in the day, tha minister, 
Rev. Beeeriberger, went around measuring distances with ruler to 
get Ideas for his nee church which is in tha process of construction. 
He admires our lovely chapel very much. 

The Bookers came as usual this time bringing red roses 
and the evening paper* Mr. and Mrs. Merritt of Worcester came dth 
the Bookers. Mr. Merritt v?orks for Norton Company, s large concern 
making parts of machines. He picked up i itcher in the taproom 
and said, "I wonder if this is a Norton pitcherl", and sure enough 
inscribed on the front was Freak B. Norton, Worcester, Masssehu: 
Mr. Merritt told us that this m.v-n, the founder of the Norton Company, 
started in business as a !x>tter„ 

March 16 to 22, 1947 

Sunday, March 16, 19-47 Pleasant 

H One Autumn night in Sudbury town" - the beginning of 
the "Tales of a Wayside Inn", introduced a special chapel service 
at the Fremingham Teachers College recently. The prelude was 
followed by the Lord's Prayer and a description of the Inn given 
by one of the English pupils. Next came a talk on the furniture 
of the Inn. In fact, the whole chapel program was devoted to 
the Inn. It was planned by Miss Hell, one of the faculty members 
and a long-time friend of the Inn. 

Monday, March 17, 1947 Pleasant 

Bishop of Argyrocastron Pandeleimon, Greece, registered 
in our special book tonight. In his long black robe, black cap 
and Ion ^ black beard, he was an outstanding figure.. In spite of 
his sombre attire, however, he had a very jovial personality. He 
was especially interested in the Inn because he had translated 
some of Longfellow's poems into Greek. The Bishop tonight wes 
the guest of a group of Greek business men from Worcester who were 
meeting to discuss ways and means of helping the people of Greece, 
where there is so much suffering from hunger. 

Dinner was served in the Old Kitchen for twenty men. 
The table looked very attractive with the red and whit© checked 
table cloth and low pewter bowls filled with white snap dragons, 
red carnations and blue iris. It wasn't long before the carna- 
tions found their wsy to the lapels of several guests. A business 
discussion following the dinner lasted until late in the evenin . 
Everyone seemed in good spirits and felt that the result ir 
conversations would mean some sort of relief to th •ir suffering 
countrymen at home. 

Tuesday, "arch 18, 194-7 Pleasant 

The first anniversary of ■ war bride's arrival in America 
was the occasion for a celebration at the Inn this evening. The 
bride, rosy cheeked and tweedy, came over on the Queen Mary and was 
met by her husband's parents who came from Ne«? York today for this 
"one year" party. The groom was a handsome fellow who was intro- 

March .16 to 22, 19-47 


Tuesday, March 13, 1947 (Continued) 

duced to his wife by an English c usin while serving overseas. 
Novf he is studying at Harvard where the couple are living happily 
in one of the temporary housing units. 

Wednesday, March 19, 1947 Sunny 

The moderate temperature caused many guests to venture 
out and another group of Brownies came with their leaders to see 
the Inn today. 

The bow window in the original dining room has become the 
setting for a group of some of our most interesting pieces of wooden 
ware. Most of them have to do with the process of * sugaring off*. 
From a fine wooden yoke, two buckets are suspended and an iron kettle 
is there with wooden plate and ladles nearby. A gay red fringed 
napkir- and a basket of apples on a 3mall three legged stool add 
color to the pictur? as well as one of oar loveliest hooked rags with 
a conventional leaf design in reds ^nc browns. Pussy billows in 
earthen bottles frame the picture and add another springlike touch. 

Thursday, March 20, 19A7 Cold 


Mrs. Pit cairn 'iried here alone this evening with her arm 
in a sling as the result of a broken shoulder. To make matters 
worse, young Mr. PItcairn is away from home on a business tr 

I»!iss Fisher looks and feels refreshed after her vacation 
in Virginia. She visited Williamsburg for the first time. 

A lady identified one of our old china mugs today as being 
Pratt ware. 

Friday, March 21, 1947 Mild 

There is a touch of spring in the air today, which put 
everyone at the Inn in good spirits and eager to make everything 
look especially lovely for the week-end guests. 

larch 16 to 22, 1947 

Friday , ^arch 21 (Continued) 

colorful pitcher, ale- I b white snap dr.- .ens ana 
red carnations, wore used on the mantel in the Old Dining Room. 

A brilliant red table cloth was used on the tbis in 
the Old K-itchen and was adorned with pewter porin^eea, pitcher 
and tankards. 

Another . blecloth msy be s& bbm 

h- II. This one is set- off with red Bohemian glassware, pussy 
willows and i >v plate. 

The pewter aad brass were given an extra rub and the 
Inn was ready to receive guests. 

Saturday, March 22, 194-7 KU 

The Old Kitchen was the scene of a surprise birth- 
f this evening. 

The red and vrhite checked t. . cloth was spread and 
white tapers lighted for the occasion. 

Mrs. Woodman sie, who was in charge of the event, 
carried out the color scheme with red and white favors. An at- 
tractive ceke containing many lighted candles g&f served with the 

Our guests spent the remainder of the evening in front 
of the open fire in the Old Kicchen. 

March 23 to 29, 1947 

Sunday, Mr.reh 23 Cold - Windy- 

Sunday Is the day Tor selling the largest number of books 
and post cards and our newest addition to the display is becoming 
very -opuler. This is a letter-booklet vrhich guests like bo send 
as a sort of "personal" letter to their friends. The "Tales of a 
Wayside Inn* is often called for, but as yet, our supply has not 
been replenished by Houghton, Mifflin Company, the publishers. 
It seems that at the tine of the War, the government called upon 
: publishers to melt down their old plates in order to help in 
the metal shortage. Unfortunately the -dates for the visitors* 
edition of the files" were destroyed. This means that an entirely 
new set of plates for both tex illustrations must be made. 
Hence, a further delay in supplying our Sunday visitors with t 
most apropos souvenir of all. 

Monday, March S Rain 

A cold spring rain is falling today - about the only sign 
of spring there is, unless you consider a robin that someone s 
or a blaekbird that someone els?; thought ha heard. Of court' 
baby lambs ara ,: reiving in pairs fcbout every day. 

Mr. Beebe, paying for his lunch, remarked ids wife 
WrS a Sowe f descended from Slias. Her grandmother used to go a- 
round telling people how to run their sewing machines. 

Tuesday, March 25 Cloudy 

Another Wayside Inn ghost story has been added to the col- 
lection. This one came from a recent guest who to"' 
the night here s ver 1 years ago. Si assigned the "01 e Bui. 
room. Waking up early in the morning, just as the dawn was begin- 
ning to break, our guest board a ere sotmd similar to the snai- 
cal notes of a violin. He listened for quite a while, expecting; at 
any moment to see Gle Bull 1 ;: ghoai iith violin in hand. 

w It may have been just a creaking of fcha floor boards", said 
our imaginative friend, "but my son small 

boy, believes to^his day that Ole Bull's spirit still lives at the 
ide Inn". 

March 23 to 29, 1947 

Wednesday, March 26 Very Windy-Snow flurries 

Several very interesting visitors ventured out today, in 
spite of the March .-finds shieh "do blow". Four ladies came to 
luncheon, on'.- of whom ff&fl an laerteen, living in Denmark, married 
to an Englishman, One of her sons was killed end another lost his 
leg In the mr. a third had been interned in a Russian concentra- 
tion camp. 

An elderly gentleman, born in Denmark, remarked as he 
caught Sight of the wooden yoke and pails banging in the old din- 
ing room, "Mop;/'. the pail of water I*vc carried rrith one of those 
things on my shoulders!." 

Sometimes we *ish it were possible to know the stories be- 
hind these people. For instance, th.. MB) looking like an English- 
man, but registering from Maine, who remarked as he flipped through 
the pages of Dr. Van Schaick*s "Characters in the Tales of a %yside 
Inn", pausing a moment at each picture, "Lyman, a fine New 
land P'aceX The Wales' all L high tor-' to this aay, 
. sr. ill have Treadwell's, too. Thomas Parsons, htful 
fade but very repr-F-sedl" This gentles:- i age name *a« Harry Beston 
Called his d p e to see the pictnre of the Spanish Jew in his orient-;! 
dress which seemed to them most appropriate and ple&sia . 

Thursday, Tiarch 27 tj Windy 

Mys. Frt . S. Bacon of $errton was here too ay and examia 
two of our quilts; in fact, the only quilts Shies we have on display 
at the present time. She thought, they were handsome pieces of chintz 
and finely quilted. Being a "quilt" expert, we value Mrs. Bacon* s 
opinion. She has a remarkable collection, which she feels expresses 
an American folk art vorthy of rls ce in American history. After mak- 
ing a thorough study of quilts, Mrs. Bacon has lectured on the sub- 
ject and -shen sh-^ dees so, *.vear3 a beautiful Colonial dress shieh Is 
most becoming to her fragile Southern beauty. 


rch 23 to 29, 1947 

Friday, March 28 Fair 

One of our luncheon guests today paused in the fear room 
for l f#* moment?? to look at the various objects on the wall. 
Our guest was immediately attracted by the Paul Revere lentern 
which hangs over the settle. The Is n tern if punched out in sue* 
way that makes it attractive to the eye, but impractical for 
actual use, as it gives very little light. 

Our guest went on to explain how her grandfather had over- 
come this situation. He merely placed the candle on top of the 
lantern in an especially devised holder. This w^s rather unsafe, 
but did give more light for the laborer who depended upon the can- 
dle for light. 

Saturday, March 29 CloUdy 

Lest year, Mrs. Harding spent the late Spring and Sumner 
months here, recuperating from aa illness. Today she returned 
after a winter spent in the South wher-- she is .-? and heard many 
cine ting birds. She spoke of seeing thousands of white egrets in 
Louisiana, while here on our Button Rofd pone two of these birds 
were discovered by Mrs. Harding last summer and proclaimed as rari- 
ties so far north. Mrs. Harding said she felt "Spring" in the sir, 
so wanted to walk in the woods and recapture the charm of the Inn. 

March 30 to April 5, 1947 

Sunday, March 30 Windy 

A good deal of time was spent today vital Dr. Hanson afea 
is one of the Inn's oldest friends. He is at been a success- 
ful physician in Belmont, Massachusetts for many years and eftea 
-■;uld, on a free afternoon, pick sp Mrs. Hanson end come to the 
Inn for tea. Both were fond of tlie house, sitting in front of the 
fir«pi«e*fl and telling of their only child John, who, too, has "k 
and loved the Inn all his life. lor'sy Dr. Hen son mm 9 ssd looking 
NSt as he spoke of the death of his beloved wtfa and of his w 
9 is now marrle* in Maine. "This is the first T,ime 

I've been here without them^ he said, "and you will have to forgive 
me if I can't mite bear it". 

Monday, March 31 Sunny - Warn 

Our house guest, Mr. Hussey, c.iae to ap In Sunday ith 
us to avoid having a lonely day at home. The mourning bend on his 
"left sleeve suggested a recent destlt in the family and he told 
he had lost his wife not quite a year ago. He was very much interested 
in the Sunday papers yesterday, explaining that he wee looking for 
a picture of his son, "the Admiral", -'ho had just officiated at the 
launching of the U. S. Cruiser Salen. 

I group of 35 eighth grade students, accompanied by only one 

teacher and the bus driver went through the house in the afl av* 
They were very mac;, rested and well behaved. . r they enjoyed 

running through the fields enjoying the first spring-like weather 
have had. 

Later another group of students esse from Perkins Institution 
for the Blind. These eere a much quieter group, but just as interested. 
They wanted to "see 8 everything, which meant taking things in their 

ds or feeling -1th their delicate fingers. One little girl 
eight, dressed in bright red, set donSJ at the spinet and couldn't be 
dragged away until she had finished her piece. 

Tuesday, April I, 1947 I rtly Cloudy 

The first of April came in like a Iamb, making the day a 
pleasant one for thirty- tvo ladies from Salem Depot, New Hampshire. 
They chartered a bus and started early, arriving here in time to atte 

larch 30th to April 5thj 19-47 

Tuesday, April 1, (continued) 

service in the Martha - Mary Chapel conducted by the school 
children. In the meantime, a turkey dinner was being prepared 
and was rerdy to serve at one o'clock. This the ladies enjoyed 
on the porch overlooking a lovely spring landscape, shies must 
have reminded them of their own borne state. 

Wednesday, April 2nd Rain 

This being vacation for some colleges, several students 

were noticed among our visitors today. Because of the ]Ealn which 
lasted all day, it wasn't ve ~y good weather for sight-seeing and 
the fires were appreciatea more than ever. 

Late in the evening a discouraged young couple arrived 
with a two months old baby. Like travelers in the early days, 
they were glad to find a warm welcome at the Inn and lodgin 
for the night. They had been hunt In r for a room since four o'clock 
in the afternoon. Their destination is the Naval Air Station at 
San Diego, California and although the baby was as good as gold, 
they were anxious to get rested for the long trip tomorrow. 

Thursday, April 3rd * 

One of our new neighbors, Mr. Griesmer, Is connect * 
with Eastern Airlines and flies to Mi.: mi ev ry five aays. On 
his last trip, he triad to buy a copy of "The Tales of /side 
Inn" in that famous resort. Book dealers were apologetic. They 
could send for a copy; they would srrite the publishers. But, 
Mr. Griesmer wanted the poems in a hurry. He went to the local 
library. There the librarian found an old edition. "It was in- 

■esting", said Mr. Griesmer, *! ' q a it was printed before 
Mr. Ford took over the Inn and the illustrations were unusual. 
For instance, the oak trees were pictured and some of the surround- 
ing country". Evidently Mr. Griesmer wanted to absorr some oi 
the atmosphere surrounding his na ■ home while aw.y fro el 

Fridey, April Ath Pleas- nt 

With spring comes the beginning of colorful weddix* 
and dinner parties. Today the Inn welcomed ?iiss Priscilla Stockwell 
of Grafton, Massachusetts. The young c upl. exchanged vows at the 

March 30 to April 5, 1947 

Friday, April 4, 1947 (continued) 

vha - Mar/ Chapel and later enjoyed a wedding breakfast, served 
to them on the porch. The tables were gaily decorate-: with yel- 
low jonquils and every thin g looked in keeping with the spring sea- 

Later in the day, a small engagement party was held 
on the porch. 

The day was completed by a dinner party served to a 
party of 22 in the large dining room. 

Saturday, April 5, 1947 Rain 

We heard an amusing; story which has no special con- 
nection with the Inn, but it was tola on a recent evening by one 
of our guests. 

She said that durinp the far when manual labor was 
cae and it was next to impossible to ayone to help with 
housework or gardening, a n ighbor oi hors volunteered to send 
• small boy to help her in her garden. The boy came - a Trail 
little lad of eleven or twelve years - „nd started working. 
Durinp. the morning our guest approached him with the usual ques- 
tion as to how much he expected to receive for an hour ' :k. 
The reply came quickly, "Sixty cents if you .lon't boss me, m l m 4 
and seventy-five if you dol M 



April 6 to 12, 194-7 

Sunday, April 6 Pleas. 

A pi ' .th wars sunshine and tempers tures high 

brought many gay Easter bonnets to the Inn. Underneath were 
gr y hesds, curly heads and tiny heads, all sizes, as :eore than 
one family party chose to spend their Easter day at this old Inn. 
Flowers, too, were ahunuanL , both re 1 and artificial. 

The Inn glowed with & festive air and during t&g after- 
noon doors and windows were flung open to welcome para breves 
ill more guests. The center hall might well have been a 
miniature Fifth Avenue with guests going to cnc fro in the 
a. Largest dinner party was th t by 
Mrs. Townsend of Newton for twenty quests. 

Monday, April 7 Ve y T/inay 

wessl of our "old-timers" came to lunch today ~ among 
them Mrs. Colby and her ate] hter Joan who is having vacation 
from school. Rev. Condi t dropped in for a hasty lunch and M 
off again, much to our surprise, as Be usually lingers as long 
M he can and t rtalk or sits under ■ tree sad roads. 

Five other ministers spent the n.', I nd they were in a 
real holiday mood, all their cares laid aside for the moment. 

About forty students from Goshen, Res York vent through 
the house taking notes on everything of interest* 

Tuesday, April 3 s'armer 

Since early this morning, when news first came oi Mr. Ford* a 
passin, , his kindly spirit has been v-.yry close to all at the 
Inn, especially to those aha have bees here through the years i 
who have known, personally, their gr.oious host. His friendly 
hand shake will never be forgotten and 'is .-mile made e 
end everyone feel his genuine pleasure at being in Sudbury once 
more. Sany times did he bend down to shake the hand of sonie tiny 
guest or stop to write his name in a copy of the Tales* 

Once at the br st table, years ago, he sailed for a 
copy of Longfellow's poems. It ems the poet he wished to honor by 

April 6 to 12, 19A7 

Tuesday, April 8 (continued) 

preserving the Inn, and just as Mr. Henry Ford has made Long- 
fellow* a spirit live here, so nov? will his oi rid 

thoughtful spirit be enshrined within the walla of this pre- 
cious old house, forever and ever. 

Wednesday, April 9 

The death of Mr, Ford has saddened us all. There § 
no adequate words to express sincerely enough our sense of this 
loss. This morning at a simple and reverent service held in 
L, which seems so closely associated with him, some 
of the old hymns that Mr. Ford liked especially ware uun u . 
;erpts from Mr. Ford*s autobiography, "S£y **ife a nd Sbrk* 
were rev 1 by one ox the boys an) another boy closed the ser- 
vice with Tennyson* s "Crossing the Bar". 

"T^ili . id even in 
And after that, tiie dark* 
And may there be no sadnos;: 

■e sell 
When I embark'. 

Thursday, April 10 Pleasant 

The day was long and those of us at the Inn performed 
our tasks with heavy hearts. The Chapel bell tolled at two- 
thirty just as the service at St. Paul** Cathedral in Letroit 
was being held for the seventh landlord of the fayside Inn. 
Heads bowed and - 

"Round this old faskicna -.. aittt abode 
Deep silence reigned". 

Friday, April 11 Pleasant 

Early this evening, a party of six came into the bar 
room and announced themselves as the Gould party. They were 
elderly people, an they had not visited the Inn for quite 
some time. However, one of the gentleman in the p.rty woj en- 
joying a birthday and c^ose the W yeide Inn as a fittf. ce 


April 6 to 12, 1947 

Friday, April 11 (continued.) 

to celebrate. The three ladies sore gardenias end the gentlemen, 
white carnations. A birthday cake »as served with the dessert 
and the party left in the best of spirits. 

Saturday, April 12 Cloudy 

Today the Inn prepared for a busy day, as there were 
four parties scheduled ana this mile* spring day was bound to 
bring guests from far and near. 

Many of our frequent guests came today and among them 

I Bookers and the Kewleys from Worcester. 

A sedSia kfast -?as served at noon to a party of 
forty. The porch v&f ma do the sett in e twr the event and looked 
:uite springlike -dth the addition of pink an I £ta snap 
and pink carnations. An attractive wedding cake adorned the 
bride's table 1 set off by t?o vttita topers. 


April 13 to 19, 19-47 

Sunday, April 13 Plea sail t 

An early morning "breakfast for el & — • . - , guests 
Started this Sunday off With an unusual amount of activity. 
Tables were set in the large dining room with a beautiful bou- 
quet of spring flam torning the head table. Here sat offi- 
cers of the Catholic Women's Club of Hudson, the occasion being 
their annual Communion Breakfast, 

Raymond Coulter, who has been our faithful houseman for 

eighteen years, is today marking the anniversary of his first 

day of work at the Wayside Inn. The 131 > ril, eighteen years 
ago, was a lucky day for us. 

Mr. and Mrs. Barker of Provide : -hode Island returned 
-,o celebrate their twenty-first wedding anniversary, Two 
weeks ago today, they were here to celebr frs. Barker's birth- 

Monday, April L4 Warm and Sunny 

Mr. and Mrs. Rhoides brought a house finest for luncheon 
today, a Mrs. Could from Connecticut, who, we were told, is a very 
fine person, doing a wonderful work for pe tn trouble. She 
ha3 a large place in the country and helps those sfco have lost 
their money or discouraged for any reason, to get on their feet 

in. They do their own work at th .. , all bbs om 
all ... o ,: ' Ufe rnd in this wholesome community spirit, regain 
health and courage tc go on. 

Mrs. Rlioades, herself, seems very wall now end Mr. Bh 
told us she has been clearing out the underbrush and "making vist 
th. T r .he trees on their lovely old place in Sudbury. Vbriy bin 
have been coming to her feedis ! :,ions iter and just 1 
she has twelve evening grosbeak! , m musiu. . . it* 

Mr. and Mrs. &*£*&, looking very contented and happy, 
came for dinner this evening. About a year ago or, April 13th, 
they were married in the ^artha - Mary Chapel. 




April 13 to 19, 1947 

Tuesday, April 15 Pleasant 

Our kind e*d legal friends, the Bowkers from Worcester, 
brought six pink roses on Saturday evening last in memory of 
Mr. Ford. These have been placed on the mil tie in the Longfellow 

Dr. John ion Schaick, ion^ tine 1 rater of tue ministers * 
Retreat group, sent a beautiful letter in tribute x-o Mr. lord. 
- rt : 

"What a blessed end t t life! ffcat a power he has 
been and isl his oaae fill live". 

Wednesday, April 16 Cold and Rain 

This is the sort of weather that makes people enjoy the 
open fires tad a cup 01 tea at the Inn. Not - ood weather, 
however, for bicycling bJid yet a youn^ man arrived after dark in a 
poncho with a pack on nek end asked where he might leave his 
bicycle. He was aJax Arnold from Warren, Ohio, studying at Massachu- 
setts Institute of Technology. 

Having 3 fee cloys vacation, he rented a bicycle and started 
out to see the country. M to the Inn by Try of Lexin mi 

After a good dinner, he start. to continue his journey, 
although it 1 -X. and still iviniri., rc-ro rv: in , ! " "?ili t 
grand place to bring my father and mother ??han I graduate in June" 

-.any, otter dinner guests was Mrs. Frances Burnes, bring- 
ing a letter of introduction from Bill Cw - the Boston Globe. 
She is one of the finest feature writers and reporters on the paper 
and i-5 t- kiss a motherly interest in Bill. 

Thursday, April .17 Cold and Windy 

The other evening, we learned from an overnight guest, 
Mr. Orville S. Poland, that William Jennings Bryan had been a near- 
guest of the Inn during a speaking camp in in 19^-0. He was stump- 





April 13 to April 19, 1947 


Thursday, April 17 (Continued) 

ing for the League of Net ions and on a certain evening was to 
speak in Worcester. On the way from Boston to Worcester, 
Mr. Poland, who accompanied i/ir. Bryan, bad planned e stop-over 
the Inn. Unfortunately they encountered a motor accident in 
Wayland. This delayed the party to sue". :n extent that when the 
Inn was reached, there was only time for a hasty look around, the 
outside. Thus, the Inn just missed the honor of entertaining one 
of America's best known political figures. 

Friday, April IS Pleasant 

Dancing class was held this evening for the students at 
the Wayside Inn Boys School. Both Bl&Sf UtW usual times 

and greeted us with the same cheery "Good evening". 

This evening £ few of the old timers came to watch the 
■■a . cick t nee around the ballro one cculd e 
Chester Fabian, yfao was once a member of the Wayside Inn Boys School. 
Bill Cash, who was also a student at the school and Is now employed 
by the Boston Globe, was present. Also, Miss Priscilla Barnes, now 
ohysical education teacher in Marlboro, Massachusetts, was here. 
Kliss Barnes had also been a member of the dancing class end seemed 
overjoyed at the opportunity of viewing it once again. 

Saturday, April 19 ; Colder 

On this bright Patriot's Day, the Inn welcomed many guests. 
Some were our regular friends, while still others were making their 
first visit to the Inn. 

Several parties were scheduled. The first rati a redding 
party which was held on the porch. Ifaite sna - ink carna- 

tions adorned each table. The sun shone in from all sides and made 
a colorful spring picture. 

Early evening brought a group of fifteen to have dinner in 
the Old Kitchen. 

The day was concluded by Inner - dance in the 
large dining room and. ballroom for a of one hundred and twenty 
guests. All partook of a turkey dinner, then proceeded to the ball- 
room, where dancing followed for the remainder of the evenin . 

April 20 to 26, 1947 

Sunday, April 20 Snow and Sleet 

This was not exactly the right kind of a day for a wed- 
ding as far as weather was concerned. But the bride, Miss Marianna 
Karas of Framinghara, looked as fresh and pretty as a May morning 
as she prepared to go down the aisle if the Chapel on the arm of 
her father. Guests, who came under umbrellas in a very wet snow 
storm, numbered around one hundred end fifty. The ceremony was per- 
formed by a priest of the Greek Orthodox Church - the first wed- 
ding of its icind to be held in the Chapel. 

Monday, April 21 Snow 

A mt sticky sno?,r fell all day yesterday and continued 
most of today. However, this did not discourage the children, five 
bus loads of them, who came to see the Inn from Kail River. They 
came in groups of forty at intervals through the day. Mrs. Austill, 
>vho is sponsoring these groups, has arranged for them to come every 
day this week. She is very efficient and we 3hall have no trouble 
if all the groups are rs well organised as those that came today. 
By the end of the week, about one thousand children from one city 
■fill have seen the Inn and Concord and Lexington which are also 
part of their schedule. 

Tuesday, April 22 Gold 

England h&s been well represented among recent guests. 
Carol Raye, a well known English screen actress has married the 
nephew of one of our frequent guests, Mr. Rae V. Spencer and is 
living near Boston. She "goes over" once or twice a year to do 
a picture for a British film company. 

Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin P. Dean were recent honeymooners, 
who requested a room with a canopy bed. This was provided .,nd 
was especially pleasing to Mrs. Dean who, before her marriage was 
Lady Joan Lawrence of Birmingham, England. When asked how she 
happened to be in America where she met her husband, she answered, 
"Oh, just recuperating from the War". She added that, after tour- 
ing America, she decided to settle do?m in New England, which she 
found to be more like old England than -.*ny other part of the 
United States. 


April 20 to 26, 1947 



Tuesday, April 22 (Continued) 

Rev. Cadigan explained that the embroidered crest on 
the pocket of his coat was the insignia of the Athletic Club of 
Jesus College, Cambridge, England. He won a fellowship from 
Amherst College in Massachusetts and went over to attend one of 
the oldest colleges in the Cambridge group. The College chapel 
was built in the tvrelvth century and Jesus College was founded 
in 14.92. The crest represented a bright red cock over a gold 
English crown. 

Wednesday, April 23 Pleasant - Cold 

Mrs. Patterson, a luncheon guest, informed us that the 
hollowed out stone in the garden was a communal stone used by 
the Indians for grinding corn in large quantities. She has made 
a study of Indian relics end during the conversation, divulged 
the fact that she is in charge of the lovely old Gore Place in 
%ltham. She has been influential in rescuing it from being used 
for other purposes than a show place ana just new is trying to 
keep it from being turned into G. I. barracks. 

!.'nch to our surprise, Mrs. Austill called up today to 
say that the groups were not able to get here at all this week, 
due to a bus drivers strike in Fall River. 

Mrs. Ames of I* viand entertained her sewing circle with 
luncheon served on the Porch. She brought and arranged the 
flowers herself, but she was most enthusiastic and compliments ry 
about everything else that "ss done for her. 

In the evening a group of 36 sat around the fire in 
the old kitchen, reccing poetry by candlelight. FLlf of the 
group had had dinner in the old dining roes and the other half - 
as meny as could be served there, had dinner in the Giu Kitchen 
"for atmosphere". 

Thursday, April 24 Cloudy 

An old blue and white coverlet, which has been packed away 
in moth balls for years and years, aai unwrapped the other day -ixid 
found to be of some use. Hie re were m^ny worn spots -and some moth 

April 20 to 26, 1947 

Thursday, April 24- (Continued) 

eaten holes ?/hich made the spread unsuitable to use on a four 
roster bed. Mrs. Graham, one of our housekeepers and an able 
seamstress, ouickly converted the good part of the old material 
into slip cover? for the pillows end seat cover of the settle 
in the bar room. It has been much admired ana is a pleasant change. 
Many guests have exclaimed over the old pattern. Tonight, one of 
our dinner guests was on her hands and knees, examining the hand 
looming and counting the number of rows in each square. 

Friday, April 25 Rain 

Early this morning when our faithful gardner, Mr. Davieau, 
began his chores about the Inn, he came upon two white - tak- 
ing their morning dip in "Josephine" Pond. These white geese have 
not been seen about the Inn for quite some time. Nevertheless, 
they "vre niite tame and unaware of the putters -by. 

The realisation that Spring is at last hers is felt by 
overy guest in the Inn today, for the house is filled with the fra- 
grance of yellow jonquils and the ever spring-like forsythia. 

Saturday, April 26 Clear and Cooler 

The Inn has acquired a new friend, namely, Mrs. Robert Ames 
from Wayland, Massachusetts. In recent weeks, she and her sister, 
Mrs. Borer son, have dined or brought friends to see the Inn, two or 
three times a week. 

Mrs. .Ames entertained her e U circle at a luncheon 
last week end this week, gave a luncheon in the Old Kitchen for her 
aged mother and friends. 

Bright spring flowers adorned the tables, as well as favors, 
choice candies and nuts. 

Mrs. /ones is • generous and gracious lady, and we enjoy 
her immensely. 


April 27 to fey 3, 19A7 

Sunday, April 27th 



This is another cloudy day and one in a long series ol 
dull days which have brought several April showers, cold winds 
an?- very fevr May flowers. However, we ore cheered -v\ry morning 
by the batch of mail which comes frorr I ■ t a ■ r. Words of 
■eolation *atltode ore like spots o"° sunshine. Here is 
' in--; from a Mart ha -Mary bride » Ti The memori es o : that precious 
day in our ! i ve r, (Ta/a const an :: j •-. y to us". Also, 1 rest a recent 
ner guest who was escorted here by a handsome young teehnolc 
dent, is this sincere note, "lou gave us a lovely time to Tttwm 
ber? Mr. J. It« Hickerson, who brought his -fide an- dter- froui 
New York for an overnight visit, expressed It this 1 
«br id butter" letter, "Thanks a a so much dor the say 
you looked after us whan to vers at the Inn." 

Monday, April 28th 

Ha in 

Rev. and Mrs. Condit and thre. other ministers n- ti 
wives from Needham had luncheon today in the old dining room. It 
seemed to be a very congenial group and although of different 
denominations, there were no ^vi ences sf friction. 

In the afternoon while salting for tea to be served on 
the porch, Mr. Haynes ... o wars his . , ad 

through '± he rooms. It was aattSis or us to hear Mr. 8 ' ver- 
sion of the story and the ladies, needless to say, were highly 

Tuesday, April 29 oh 

Partly Cloudy 

These days are group days nd the question on arrival is 
"How Many groups today?" Today there sera six groups. The first 
one arrived in time for luncheon. They 1 ■ -. r- 
earrier boys from Hartford, Connecticut. Once svery month they 
are en tert -lined, by the newspaper com: org , the E o Cour-jit— Se rs, 
which is the oldest newsp a p e r for continuous eublication in the 
United States. Next month the boys are going to a ball gaae* 

In the afternoon, three large busses brought one boa 

: fifty school children from P./. ■• tucket,, Z sax door. 

A little later, fees more busses unlo .• - . .j! 
students from Fitchburr., Massachusetts. 


April 27 to May 3, 1947 

Wednesday, April 30 th Rain 

Again defying the rsia* -nether gr up o:" seventeen 
little Broimies gnr-nerad at one table in the lar;,e dining room. 
Like all of these groups, they were very iuiet and well-behaved 
and enjoyed their simple luncheon of hot soup, chicken a la King, 
mil.*, -Ar in ice cr ;•: m ■nd cookies. After oeini:; tola the story 
in the parlor, they SHI eagerly into the bar room and bou : 
post cc-rds to tske homu. 

Turning to moa ' I as matters, I uo...rv _roia a 
speech made in Washington last niai a by Henry ford II, * t the 
annual meeting oi' the United States Chamber of Commerce* He told 

S I fellow limntinwiniiHinn that - "A key responsibility is ours - an 
obligation of American business management. The Aaericaa -.ale 
j-a.-'jr us to manage. They look to us for leader 3hi: - ibey are 
more interested in the results we achieve than in the details of 
our business -nd in the difficulties we have to overcome. And 
M must accept tlv? task oT aromotin beta r unde in: betaeer, 
the groups o r peoaie, who share the res; onsibiliay ior achieve- 
ments with us. I have little doubt tha-t if our free American 
industry devotes its traditional enterprise and energy to meeti- 
tliis obligation, the people of the United States, working together, 
can continue to set a pattern of li?'e under human freedom for the 
whole world to follow. " 

Thursday, May 1st Drizzle 

Damp, cold days continue, but airits oi' one hun- 
dred and eighty-five women were not dampened by today's weather. 
They came gcily dressed and in happy mocd for an out-im: in the 
country. The luncheon-see t irif,; had been planned months ago for 
the Harvard Wom;n f s Club, tickets were sola sad tr:]i=art cion 
provided end this was the day ix> come, rain or shine, fires 
in the fi isdl i note of -/ariath and cheer aa 

spring flowers decor:- I ,e tables. The luncheon was served 
in the large dining room with a head table seating nin . o; icers. 
After-luncheon spe cer s John Nicholl Sarle, S I o raided the meet- 
ing with fun and lau./htsr by teI1i»g several very humorous 
"Scotch " stories . 



April 27 to Bay 3, 1947 

Friday, May 2nd P,ain 

Although it continued to rain, the Inn welcomed 
thirty-five students from the Mary A. Burnham School in Northamp- 
ton, Massachusetts. The girls arrived in the morning, made 
t-Tir c '-rounds, anc o ' the Inn, ?na later partook of a 
chicken pie luncheon served to them in the large dining room. 

This is the second yesr that the Inn has entertained 
this group. The Mary Burah-?.m School is :,ry school 

for Smith Collets «nd those enrolled include girls from California* 
New York j New Jersey and China. 

suing brought another interesting party to the Inn. 
The large dining room i 9 de the sc rr - unique ana interest- 
ing evoning. A roast turkey dinner ttaf server, after which a 
talented yoking HB drew a delightful picture of c sunset on the 
•rater. The artist* s only tools were a white canv: s, chalk, and 
his flagera, ~hich he skillfully used to blend the various colors. 
?hen he limned the lights, and t$se ticture eroduceo many interest- 
• changes. 

Saturday, Up.j 3rd in 

Today the Inn «&8 attr ctively decorateo with yellow 
forsythia. Nawly relished pewter and brass was used to set off 
the delicate color of the forsythia. 

By noon, everything was in readiness for the luncheon 
guests and also for our overnight guests who were to be the 
parents of the Fay School Boys. Fay School, an exclusive pre - 
tory school for St. Marks School w- s holding their annual serin 

tivr.l and the Inn provided lodging for many of the parents, as 
well as treating the boys to a good wholesome dinner. 



May A to 10, 1947 

Sunday, May 4th Cloudy 

Many years ago the Catholic Women* s Club of Concord 
chose the Inn as the place to hold their Communion Breakfast, 
Every year since, they have made the same choice, Today w s the 
amm&l event with tables set in the large dining room for about 
eighty members. Two priests accompanied the group and afterwards 
made speeches in the large ballroom. 

The day was cloudy, but bright, yellow forsythia 
brightened the rooms nd .ddea note of spring warmth, 

Monday, May 5th Rain 

Another day of rein! The sun shone yesterday for * 
moment and blue sky could be seen between the clouds. Barbara Eaton 
on her way home came back to tell us there ? s "enough to make a 
Dutchman a pair of britches". We were disappcinted today not to 
see blue skies. 

Mrs. Austill brought another quiet and attentive group - 
this time from Plainfield, Massachusetts. 

A luncheon guest called to a friend to look at the Hessian 
andirons. He said, "We have a pair with holes bored through the 
eyes so that the firelight maker; them flicker. * 

Mr. LeSourd arrived with forty-seven ladies, pert of a 
convention visiting Boston under the direction of Mrs. LeSourd. 
Aftor luncheon they were guided about by Mr, Le Sourd who didn't 
seem to mind being the only man amon;. so many ^omen. 

Tuesday, May 6th Cloudy 

Early this morning, three women from Wayland arrived 
with large bunches of pink flowering auince and auU, kinds of con- 
tainers and vases in which to arrange them. These were placed on 
tables in the large dinina room where at one o'clock about eighty- 
five ladies of the Way land Women's Club gathered for a chicken 



May U to 10, 194.7 

Tuesday, May 6th (Continued) 

fricassee luncheon. 

Following ice ermem • nd cookies, the dessert course, 
a business meeting was held. 

At about the same time in the twill dining room, 
Mrs. Clayton S. Ricks heade: p-.rt,y of nineteen from the Congre- 
gational Church in Needharn, Massachusetts. 

In the evening, fourteen guests from near Worcester 
enjoyed dinner on the porch, followed by a short meeting. 

Wednesday, May 7th Sain 

Mr, Hamilton arrived this morning from Dearborn for a 
visit of several days. 

We were glad to welcome Mrs. Purdy MMK&g many other 
friends and neighbors of the Sudbury Women* s Club. After luncheon 
of chicken salad, tho ladies went up to the ballroom, whore they 
were entertained by singing of V . Women's Club Chorus under the 
direction of Mrs. Emsett. After a short business meeting and the 
election of a ne*? president, the club adjourned for another year. 
Mrs. Eaton, the out-goim; president, was very appreciative of 
every thing;, the delicious luncheon and especially the use of the 

In the mail recently, t*?o letters have arrived concern- 
ing the weddings of two former lay/aide Inn boys. Joseph McDonald, 
whom every one knows ona likes, is to be married May 13th to 
Bunny Brigham, one of the ^irls he used to oance with at the regu- 
lar Friday night dsneing classes. The other letter is from 
Robert Mullen who did not graduate, but ?rho says his fondest dr 
while over so s, wr..s that he could be married at the? Inn. We shall 
do our best to make this dream a reality. 

Thursday, May 8th Pleasant 

Late this afternoon, the tables on the porch *sr m de 

ready for a party of thirty-t*?o - a wedding .^nnivers, ry dinner for 
. . and Mrs. Svlv tori Palmer of Concord. 



May 4 to 10, 1947 

Thursday, May 8th (Continued) 

Lavender stock and yello?/ snapdragons decorated aeefe 
table and the sun, which lias been in hiding for such a lcn,-; time, 
shone brightly as if it, too, wanted to congratulate the happy 
couple . 

Olive Floyd, the author who wrote "Doctors in Mexico 
and who is now writing a biography, was a dinner guest last even- 
ing. She spoke of "Doetora in Mexico" as being adapted for tde 
radio. It was given on the "Cavalcade of America" progr- m with 
Irene Dunn<,as the leading lady. 

Friary, May 9th fair and Cool 

An interesting foursome came to the Inn today. They 
were a Major and his wife, along with two Chinese people, who 
we later found out, vara both Majors in the Chinese army. The 
Chinese Major and his wife are in this country for the express 
purpose of studying American hospital methods and later to re- 
turn to Shanghi, China and set up their osn hospital. 

An elderly gentleman stepped cautiously into the bar 
room, admired everything around him and exel&imec, "I read about 
this Inn sixty years go ibae I was a coy in England. It has 
always been my wish to pay a visit someday to the Wayside Inn. 
My dreams have at last been fulfilled. H 

Saturday, May 30 th Pleasant 

A deluge of parties, weddings and regular guests kept 
everyone at the Inn busy from morning until night. 

Early in the afternoon the Martha - Mary Chapel was made 
the setting for a colorful sprina wedding and at the Bans time the 
Inn entertained tva groups at luncheon. The first *aJ the Mary 4. 
Burnham School from Northampton, Massachusetts and the second group 
of eighteen ma conducted by our frequent guest, Mrs. LeSourd. 

In the evening, the Inn welcomed Mrs. John Garrison from 
Lincoln, Massachusetts - -n.l her party i B orty. A 

roast turkey dinner aavfl served in the large dinina room, rfter rfhi 
the party adjourned to the large ball-room, tffeere they enjoyed 
s ; uare d- acing for the remainder of the evening. 


June 3 to 14, 194-7 

Sunday . June 8th Pleasant 

The Chapin family journeyed over from Springfield to bftve 
dinner here today and to bring their family Of to ta&ftth$}% 

There *ere old Chap In . /ins in high ch.irs, ana, of course, 

several of Kiddle age. They filled a large corner of the dining 
room v ith their one lei ie. 

j^ondav... June 9th rm 

Toaay «&J very such like other v;eek-days v.ith the usual 
school groups go be shovm through the hous^ ch they rush 

out for a picnic lunch up by the Mill. 

The Gnvy Line *> ; ith twenty or more is now m daily occur- 
rence and isany people come at night for dinner. They are comi-. 
later ;nd staying longer these lovely summer evenings, when the 
.ight lasts until almost eight o* clock. 

Tuesday . June 10th Pleasant 

The Clinton i<otary Club gave i .aer this evening for 
Clinton High School honor students. They honored about thirty 
boys and girls and proviaec a nice evening for their i. large 

lining room. Dinner was followed by speeches and enter tciaacit. 

Mr. Alvin M. 0\ onored. the Inn today by having 

luncheon here. He is an executive of Bali Brothers Company, the 
company e&fteh makes the vell-knov/n Ball $tat$ for preserving. v 
make almost ...nything in glass", explained Mr. , who coses 

from Muneie, Indian.., \hen . ctory is located. Mr. <J\ sley 

stopped to admire some of the ol I ■ lass on the shell behind fche 

't eaaesday . June 11th 7 at 

1 group of thirty-five vomen, calling themseiva- ton 

Tea Party, hc^d luncheon to ay. They are evidently L.ho R. '•-. . / Ig- 
ing from the badges many of them wore. 

Fifty- :i employees of the Liberty Mutual Insurance Com- 
pany had dinner* They war* -men, escorted by one man. He, 
hmfS ate hi;, li ■ .. c i ion tiie bus arivard he felt more 

11 - 17, 1947, incl. 

Sunday, May 11, 1947 Very warm 

Mother 1 s Day proved to be a bright sunny wars day bring- 
ing many mothers to the Innj old mothers and young mothers and 
many in-between mothers. Grandmothers carae too and tiny tots. 
Family parties were numerous and the dining rooms were gay with 
flowers, a white flower meaning that the wearer's mother is no 
longer living} a colored flower which the more fortunate wore 
signifying that she is living, 

Monday, May 12, 1947 Very warm 

Sixteen members of the Bay View Reading Club of 
Milford, Massachusetts had luncheon followed by a short business 
meeting on the Porch this noon. The more seasonable springlike 
weather attracted many other guests to the Inn from as far away 
as Oklahoma, Seattle, Washington and Paris, France. 

A group of about 95 men connected with the Equitable 
Life Insurance Coi.ipany were luncheon guests also. The business 
meeting was held in the dining room where one of our old Bible 
boxes was used for the speakers desk and the burl bowl from the 
old kitchen table served for collecting ballots. 

Tuesday, May 13, 1947 Very warm 

Four students from the Perkin's Institute for the Blind 
were dinner guests this evening, shedding a great deal of light 
in the house from their dark world. They were cheerful and 
smiling and full of enthusiasm as they heard about Longfellow and 
his association with the Wayside Inn. The teacher explained, 
"They are students of American Literature and their visit here is 
a lifa time treat." 

Wednesday, May 14, 1947 Very cold 

The day started out with overcast skies but cleared in 
the afternoon and it became very cold. The weather is more 
like fickle April than what one would expect in May. A little 
brown sparrow has been fluttering outside one of the kitchen 

/ I 


11 - 17, 1947, incl. 

- 2 - 

Wednesday, May 14, 1947 (continued) 

windows all day. He evidently sees himself reflected in the 
glass and is trying to make the acquaintance of that other bird. 

At one o'clock about 60 ladies froia the North Congre- 
gational Church in Cambridge had luncheon served in the large 
dining rooa. Due to the backwardness of the season, spring 
flowers have not arrived but the tables looked very lovely with 
pale yellow candles in pewter candlesticks and paper jonquils 
in pewter bowls. 

Thursday, May 15, 1947 Cloudy 

A really beautiful letter of appreciation lias co&e 
from Mildred Weeks Prince in charge of students from the 
ham School in Sorthampton who visited the Inn last week. She 
writes* 8 The f teen ager* seldom puts his deepest feelings into 
words, but his actions speak for hisu From a group of thought- 
less, gay girls, * crazy* to be off for a holiday (when they 
arrived in Sudbury) they settled down to considerable reflection 
and comment, questions and discussion on our afternoon trip. 
I knew they had been very nmch interested, for instead of sing- 
ing they chose to talk quietly among theiaselves. " 

Friday, May 16, 1947 Pleasant 


Among our recent guests ca&e Bill Cash with a group 
of sixteen of the Boys School Alumni. The boys enjoyed a 
turkey dinner served them in the large Dining Koom, then 
adjourned to the Bar Room and paid their respects to Miss Fisher 
at the desk. 

Mrs. Alden Reed from Worcester, Massachusetts brought 
a group of thirty ladies to visit the Inn and also enjoyed 
luncheon served on the porch. 


May 11 - 17, 19-47, incl. 
- 3 - 
Saturday, May 17, 1947 Cool 

Putney, a school for young teen-agers in Vermont, put 
on an "art show" at the Inn today. 

The young people arrived by truck and came merrily 
into the Inn with paintings, m>od carvings, and musical instru- 
ments, ready and eager to begin the day f s program. 

The first event was a dance to be held on the green 
below the Chapel and included such dances as "Lady "Jelpoie's 
Reel," "Monadnock Muddle", "The Arkansas Traveler" and "Waves 
of Tory". 

A program of chamber music followed in the large 
Ball Kooa where the musicians rendered four selections. Among 
them, "Haydn* s Ilocturae ' and "Bach's ifburth Brandenbery Concerto" 
for two flutes, violins and strings. 

Afternoon Tea *?as served to about seventy-five guests 
and square dancing in the large Ball Koom concluded the enter- 
tainment in the evening. 

May 18 to 24, 1947 

Sunday, May 18, 1947 Cloudy and Rain 

Becoming members of the wayside Inn household for ten 
days or more, are Captain i nd Mrs. G. J. Barendse from The Hague, 
Holland. The Captain does most of the talking, because as he ex- 
plains to everyone "The Me a: -me, she does not speak English well". 
But "The Madame" has told us in piece-meal fashion of her ex- 
periences during I ^rhen she w§M living under German occupa- 
tion in her native Holland. Her son would gp Vitfa rare iamily 
jewels and precious clothing to barter with the farmers for a 
peck of potatoes or a few vegetables. She nearly starved to 
depth ?nd had no r?ord from her husband for six years. In the mean- 
time, the Captain was in rrtiwiffflfl of the troop ship "New Amsterdam" 
of the Holl nd -American Line and carried 300,000 of our boys safely 
across the ocean. The Barendse family are now united and happy. 
Only son Eric is a student at Harvard. 

Monday, May 19, 1947 Cloudy 

In spite of cloudy skies and a cole rain which fell 
most of the day, six bus loads of children were thenm through the 
Inn. They came from New Bedford and today ;uite ■ few colored 
children were noticed aas&g them. It seems as though every hi, . 
school student in Ne^? Bedford must have seen the Inn by now. ffe 
hope they will grow up to be better citizens for having be?-n here. 

The birds are getting more and more noticeable. Every 
day we see some new flash of color or hear a different song. Orioles 
in orange and black, the scarlet tanager .vhich is rather rare, a 
brilliant pointed bunt in > tiave been seen by different people. 
Mr. Coulter reported ore day, *-* flock of yellow warblers as thick 
as dandelions on the grass". 

Tuesday, Hay 20, 1947 Cloudy 

In between school groups, party luncheons, regular tran- 
sient guests and the usual sightseers, Captain Barendse is entertain- 
ing us with stores and anecdotes of is life as a tea Captain. 

Today he showed us his autograph book in ahich are sign* - 
tures of m.ny no tables who have crossed the ocean iLh him. Queen 
ihelmina's mine means more to the Cart-, in than all the ota 


May 18 to 24, 1947 


Tuesday, May 20 (Continued) 

think. Many added a note of praise, such as this: "To our favorite 
skipper and most faithful friend". A message which reads "Splice 
the main brace" was sent to all ships by the British Admiralty hen 
the Germans surrendered. Translated i t means "Give a free drink to 
all the sailors"! 

Wednesday, May 21, 19A7 Cold - Rain 

A group of thirty ladies from West Swansey, New Hampshire, 
enjoyed luncheon here today. The reservation read, "Will cancel 
twenty-four hours in advance if rainy". Perhaps it wasn't raining 
in N^ . I -mpshire, because they arrived just the same although we he 

had cloudy skies and rain for days. They were planning a trip to 
Mr. Curtis* Garden in the Woods in Sudbury. The flowers were pro- 
bably very lovely, but those who sent must have found it very wet 
under foot. 

In the evening a family of nine enjoyed their dinner in 
the old kitchen. One small boy, however, found the grown-up con- 
versation uninteresting and wandered through the rooms between 

At the same time, bba Teachers' Club of Sudbury and W*- viand, 
sixty-five in all, had dinner in the large dining room, followed 
by a business meeting. 

Thursday, May 22, 1947 Cloudy 

A pleasant party was held on the porch this evening when 
twenty-three teachers from the Southboro schools celebrated the end 
of the school year with a turkey dinner. One of the group brought 
in a f e i t lowers for table decorations end favors, made by the 
school children, added a party touch. Afterwards the teacher in 
charge asked a hostess to give a little talk on the history of th* 

Friday, May 23 Warm 

Early evening of this lovely day brought a group of school 
children to the Inn, but unlike the many groups that have come for 
the express purpose of making a tour through the Inn and about the 
grounds, this group of seventh snn eighth grade students cme to 

May 18 to 24, 1947 

Friday, May 23, 1947 (Continued) 

After listening attentively to the hostess, who told them 
the history of "The Wayside Inn M , alon 6 i th a few interesting in- 
cidents that took place here many years ago, the children adjourned 
to the porch, shere they enjoyed a roast turkey dinner. 

Saturday, May 24, 1947 Pleasant 

Recent Event s 

The Inn became the scene of a recent wedding party held 
in the large dining room. The party of thirty guests was seated 
at one large table with tha bride and groom-to-be at the center of 
the table. Six white tapers burned brightly on either side of the 
three apple blossom arrangements, and tiny white iavors conn le ted 
the perfect picture. 

The following day, Miss Anderson and Captain Monk v?ere 
married in the Martha-Mary Chapel. The scene of the weddinr was 
again made more festive by the presence of many lovely apple blos- 


Ifey 25 to Hay 31, 1947 

Sunday, May 25 th Cloudy 

The traffic in our front hail becomes very heavy about 
two o'clock on Sunday afternoon when men ana women, young and old, 
are making their way towards the dining room or out of itl Today, 
two women in passing, tieo. up the traffic for quite a lev minutes. 
The veil on one spring hat caught on the flowers of another 
milliner's creation as the two women passed. First a man tried 
with clumsy lingers to untangle the tangle, but it required the 
Her, more agile fingers of several worn* tests to finally 
release the hat si 

Mr. Barnes, a guest today, said he had b^en coming to 
the Inn for fifty years end aaded that he v oula like to take a 
count in the dining room by asking every one who had been coming 
here for twenty-five years to raise his head* "I bet it would be 
interesting to see the number of bunds", said Mr. Barnes. 

Monday, May 26 th Fair rra 

Besides the usual school groups of which there were 
four, the rcayside Inn 3oys School came in a body to see and hear 
about the Inn. Many of them knev. the story in part, but this was 
the first time they had all oeen taken through systematically and 
they -were very attentive end keenly interested. Mr. Ilaherty 
came too. to preserve order if necessary. 

There were three parties during the day. At 12:30 
o'clock, one hundred and thirty-four member? of the National Savi^. 
and Loan League sat down to luncheon. 

Dinner for eight was served in the old kitchen and a 

party of forty had dinner on the porch. One enthusiastic tuest from 
Honolulu raved about the food in general and said she never would 
forget the Indian Pudding. 

Tuesday, May 2?th dold 

The noonday meal Ml the most popular today when three 
pre-arranged parties came in for luncheon. First came ten guests 
with Mrs. G. G. Jacobs of Somerville. They were followed by twenty- 
eight ladies from Worcester, and the third group . £roa our m 


lay 25 to May 31, 1947 


Tuesci.c.y, fey 27th (Continued) 

town of Sudbury ^fourteen friends of Mrs. Emins. This r total 
or fifty- two in addition to thos<. ust dr. in for a oite. 

An adoring mother bold a story about her anU son v;ho . 

a recent dinner guest at the Inn. "Mother, '< . hare 

good things to eat at homeS" 16 bay ae ne . :>ountiiui 
turkey dinner with a dish of ice cream, 

inesday, May 28th Hi* and Cool 

By means of the n Heraid H and over the radio this moral 
the puoiic was notified of en event momentous to us, the closi: 
of the Wayside Inn Boys School. We have known of this possibility 
for some time, but to see it in print deles s somewhat 

a shock, Everyone will miss the ooys. They have end; . ..hern- 
selves to us with their singing ana their laughter and their* happy 
smiles as they went about their work, Wherever they go, whatever 
they do, we wish them the best of luck, 

A brighter side co the x->icture i&as the opening of the 
Grist Mill on Monday, Mr„ Perry has started grinding furiously to 
make up for lost time. He will be very popular in the days to 
come. And then the lambs have appeared in the field aero? 3 ;rom 
the Inn, They can be heard calling back and fortd to tht 
mothers who seem to be trying to comfort them in such strange sur- 

Thursday, May 29th Very Warm 

Many people ar- raliag in preparation for the 

Memorial Day week-end. People from dista- coming to 

cemeteries in this vicinity, while Boston! a on their v.:,y to 
other parts of the State or even out of the State. This moans 
that the Inn sill feed and house hundreds of transient gc .uring 
the next three days. 

May 25 to May 31, 1947 

Thursday, Kay 29 th (Continued.) 

This evening Mrs. Asher entertained five girls froia 
fteliesley College who, after completing their final examination 
wanted to celebrate at the ffagrslde Inn. •Their first choice of 
eating places*, said Mrs. Asher, "was thi:; aid tavern". 

Friday, May 3oth Pleasant 

A recent oversight guest, Miss Norma Cuthbert, proved 
to have an interesting occupation. She is employed by the Hunt 
ton Library in California, which is known the 'Id over as being 
s small ana exclusive library. Our guest, Miss Cuthbert, does 
cataloging at the library and is also an expert on menuscripts ~n& 

Saturday, May 31st Fair and Sam 

Today's activites began with a colorful h . ; break- 
fast in the old dining room. The tables were appropriately deco- 
rated with pink and white roses. The bride, who was Miss Ce Balros, 
.nd her attendarit^wore identical white suits with matching flower 
hats, and the bride looked as sweet and demure as & bride could 

At noon, a wedding party of sixty enjoyed a .luncheon 
served to them in the large dining room. The he: ie for 
twenty displayed a high white wedding cake as 'well a Lte tapers 
and many lovely pink and white roses. 

At the close of the luncheon, the bride, Mis? Allbee, cut 
her cake, then left on her wedding trip. 

A wedding at the Martha-Mary Chapel this afternoon, was 
followed by a buffet tea at the Lm. Miss Pamela Foss, of Sudbury, 
wore traditional white satin, vhich was set off by her attendants* 
tel green, yellow, and orchid gowns. 

I to 7, 1947 

Sunday, June 1st Pleasant 

Among the missing today was Irs, Will tea ?. Crockett, 
a very old and dear friend of the Inn who passes! ftMtgr last week. 
By ehanee, we sew the notice of her death In thr ■■; and 

our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Mr. Crockett. Both dined 
here v^ry often on Sundays. One of the last times they were here, 
Krs. Crockett seemed in very poor health, but her cheery smile 
brightened her face as usual. We shall miss her very much. 

Monday, June 2nd Fair >md V.ana 

Bfention iu^s been made many times of Mr. and Mrs. Tustin. 
A year ago on Kay 13th, they were married at the Martha-Mary 
el and this year they spent their first anniversary here, 
night they ease again and Hr. Tustin, a noted clarinetist, can 
be heard practising in his room. His runs and trills make welcome 
music in the quieter moments of the Inn ?akieh are becoming rarer 
every day. 

Glancing out of the window by chance this afternoon, 
five huge buses were seen drawn up try the roadside and in a 
moment the house was filled with Shriners on convention in Boston. 
Most of them wore their red fezes with long black tassels and 
some sparkled with insignia. They were all from California and 
thought their hurried tour through the rooms was all o>o short. 
Many v-ere the expressions of regret when the bus drivers blew 
their horns for the "all aboard" signal. 

Tuesday, June 3rd farmer 

Mrs. Granger Brown, about fifty and pretty, sipped 
her morning coffee leisurely. She was dressed perfectly for 
the day} a non-crushable linen suit, a frilly blouse and 
a flowery hat. Her costume would *do" nixi.- / . r the windy 
June day and commencement events at St. Marks," "My boy anu 3 
are going to drive to Mexico this S UMMHMl - she chatted between 
sips - "and I thought it would be a perfect suit to wear. Picked 
it up on a rack at a sale - and just what I've wanted for years" 
At that moment we looked across the roosi from the Bar to see 

June 1-7, 194.7 

Page 2 (continued) 

Mrs. Brown scrubbing the front of the suit with her handker- 
chief - large brown spots could be seen - M Ko\. e reless of me" 
signed our guest. But she went right on, after sore 
gentle attempts to eliminate the spots - sipping her coffee 
and dreaming of being perfectly dressed in Mexico. 

Yednesday, June 4-th Pleasant - very cool 

Many old friends ease today. Mr. Cameron from the 
Somerville Plant had luncheon. He is taking over some of 
Mr. Purdy's duties in his absence. Mr. and Mrs. Purdy have 
gone to Dearborn for a short visit. 

Mrs. Paul Burr age of fceston had dinner with two 
friends and told us about a recent visit to Dearborn with 
the Farm and Garden Club. le were glad to hear indirectly 
news of Mrs. Ford. 

Mr. and Mrs. fihoades also came to dinner and oegged 
us to come and see their place which is so lovely just now 
with its birds and flowers. 

We were not acquainted with Miss Amelia Shapleigh 
but she proved a most interesting guest. She lives in 
Ole Bull's old home in West Lebanon, Maine. She told us 
bits of interest about the Mortimer Smith's whom she kaotf 
very well. Mr Smith has written a biography of $Lt Bull 
now in its second Edition. Mrs. Smith is a granddaughter 
of the great violinist and the Smith's have named their 
daughter Olea. 

Thursday, June 5th Partly Cloudy 

School and Club groups numbering about thirty, 
are popular at this time of year when final meetings are 
being topped off v*ith a luncheon or dinner. This past 
week the following groups have been here: 

tm haisidk bin 


June 1-7, 1947 

Page 3 


Worcester Baptist Church 
Brighton Congregational 
Holliston High School 
Cambridge Birthday Party 
Medical Librarians 

pole Church group 
kecminster Roman's Club 
Food Technologists 

- 15 guests 

- 35 guests 

- 38 guests 

- 10 gut 

- 30 guests 

- 45 l 

- 23 guests 

Friday, June 6th 


Two graduation dances were held recently at the Inn. 
The first being a Dinner Dance,, arranged by the Framinghaja 
State Teachers College, One hundred and sixty-nine otuc.ents 
and faculty Waiters enjoyed a lobster newburgh dinner served 
in the large Dining Room. Most of the graduates wore crisp 
white evening gowns, while the faculty wore bright summer prints. 

The graduating class of" Notre Bnw Acaaemy recently 
held their annual reception in the large Ball Room of the Inn. 
This also was a colorful affair with many flowers and balloons 
serving as a background for the girls in their graduation 


Saturday, June 7th 

?«¥y lam 

Early morning brought several school groups to the 
Inn. Tours were conducted through the various rooms in the Inn, 
after which the children could be seen frolicking about from 
the Coach House to the Redstone School and back again to tasce 
one last look at the lambs. They are now in the pasture near 
the Mill. The Inn has welcomed a great many school children 
in the pa3t few iwilriffl - all are well mannered and polite as 
they step gingerly across the threshholcl and into U |*e , 
eager to hear the story of this historic old Iim. 

June 8 to 14, 1947 

jg -• ..;, June 11th (Continued) 

During a conversation vitb I, B re- 

veded that he h&a just purchased a picture of t aide Inn. He 

quite proud of it and brought It in to she* to us. It. *as 
treisely wall done in vater colors by Silverkroh and dated 1864. 
It was interesting to note that the color of the Inn at that time 

the same lovely cull rose it is no*. 

'i'nur' . June 12th Pleasant 

reader of the Diary may become somewhat bored at this 
time of yaay with parties; one party alter another, it seems. And 
most of the groups are made up of local, ■ asetts people. 
Let 1 ? look at the register book, hov/ever, and fin out where some 
of the party-le Beats are coming from the; - Fort 
Texas; North Bollywood, California; Omaha, Nebraska; Rochester, 
Minnesota; S . ton; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Honolulu, 

>ii; London, England; Spar .'ungf xeld, Oregon; fte ioa, Kansas* 

Friday . June 13th Pleasant 

La sunny June day promised to be a busy one. Noon time 
brought a group of Swedish Singer? for luncheon. Their group of 
two hunared ladies registered at the Hotel Bradford, then boarded, 
the dray Line 3us for a tour through Concord and Lexington and our 
aistoric Inn. 

In the evening, the ladies enjoyed a concert and ball in 
the Hotel Bradford ballroom. 

The following evening evoted to a concert at i 
Boston Opera House, fcith the Lund University Singers as gue?t ..r~ 

Saturday. June L4th Pleasant 

A luncheon guest stepped op to the dea. one day ana ex- 
claimed, i ... .a. tat old kitchen you have here i M A fa . as 
later, she made a reservation for a dinner p. e 

servea in ktaa aid kitchen 1 this evening. 

Attractive red tod shite gerania&BS adecxted the t nd 

blendeo. perfectly with our red sad white table cloth. 

zhs ■... tsum am 

June 8 to 14, 1947 

Saturday, June L4th (Continued) 

We later learned that Mrs. Bonce's guest was the president- 
general of the United daughters of the Confederacy, She was re 
in Boston by Governor Bradford, visited Cambridge, Lexington* Concord, 
"Ola Ironsides' 1 resented awards to Commodore Howard R. G f ..ry, 
U. S. Navy. 

June 15 to 21, 1947 

Sunday, June 15, 19-47 In 

During the afternoon, three girls from Honolulu wandered 
through the house and finally came to the desk or old Bar to chat 
v/lth Miss S*vanson« Miss Swanson, by the way, is to be our t 
uorary summer hostess and she spent a year in Hawaii during 
war as a Eed Cross hostess. Consequently-, sfew ws/H herself ask- 
ing tlie Hawaiian girls if they kne\: so— nd-so and if they h, 
been to this place and that place. The girls are in the United 
Stater, as exchange teachers. Miss Swanson is also a teacher, so 
a very good time was bad by all. 

Monday, June 16, 194-7 Pleasant 

Bev. Inornberg and~ about twenty other ministers <..nd their 
wives ffetv served luncheon today at noon. In the middle of the 
morning they began to arrive, the ladies to hold a meeting in the 
small Dallroom, and the men in the old kitchen. When the usual 
school groups started to go through the house, the ministers re- 
tired to the Parlor, but were soon, forced to leave there when 
ti:e children collected in the doorways, the men were good-natured, 
however, c^nd finished their business meeting on the . Loud 

Laos* vac heard at one time through the window and upon looking 
out we saw a hound dog, which has been visiting us the last few 
days, sitting 1th liis ears cocked, a pleased expression on his 
face, surrounded by the ministers, all clapping. Someone had just 
finished a speech, but it looked to us as though the dog had apokeoj 
he looked so self-satisfied. 

Tuesday, June 17, 1947 Very pleasant 

Being concerned with every tiling which relates to the pc 
Longfellow, we were pleased to learn recently, that the National 
Park Service will reconsiaer the proposal of Senator Brews tei 
E-'ine that Longfellow 1 s oi. -e be made rine. Prv 

viously the Hational Park Service had rejected the proposal, claim- 
ing that Longfellow * .I birthplace is not suited in atmosphere to a 
national shrine and that there are other houses more intimate!- 
sociated vitfe his life. The house is certainly sibuat. i most 
unattractive part of Portland. Hevertheless, it. 
misuse and abuse should be remedied. 

June 15 to 21, 194-7 


Wednesday, June 10, 1947 ■ Cloudy 

Five separate groups enjoyed the hospitality of the Inn 
today, but the two most outstanding ones were the Stiles wed— 
ding and a small birthday party for one of Dr. Eta's family. 

fiisn Stiles, a Sudbury girl, ?;as married ijo -. . ce Tighe 
in the Martha - Mary Gh. pel. lie is also of I adi c*act,a 
duate of the Southwest School. The bride wore a lovely gown of 
white vatin vith her ©other's lace veil. Her on 
sister, ivore pale yellow chiffon and carried a boucut ■■ iel 
daisies. After the ceremony, the guests, most of whom were from 
Sudbury, came back to the Inn v/here a buffet tea was served in 
the large ballroom. Mr. Bajna I ■,. - his orchestra ed 

to conduct several old-fashioned dances so familiar to ail and 
very pretty to watch. After a ealfcfl ..d especially for t 
bride aid groom and a quick ciiangc of clothes, they departed t 
parts unknown amid showers of rice and confetti. 
wishes of all their friends. 

Dr. Eta's party, more sedate, of course, had just as good 
a time and we ar3 always glad to welcome him or any of the Freters 
when they come during the Retreat or otherwise. Dr. Etz brought 
some snapshots taken of the ministers in informal groups 
when they were here in February. Every likeness was good, but we 
had a little difficulty at first in figuring out she the ae;, 
v.-ith heavy beards. Then we realized they were the Freters dressed 
up to look like some of the Concord Transcendentalists for the parts 
they took in the play written for them by Dr. Kapp. 

Thursday, June 19, 194-7 Pleas: 

As a warm June sun settled down into the West and closed 
a long/msy day, so the graduation exercises held this evening in 
the Sartha - Kary Chapel brought to an end the Wayside las 
School. But there will be a dawning, another day of sunshine * 
boys will be working ag-u & receiving their education artea- 
nities from the Say State Schools, Inc. Rev. Lyman fiutledge, member 
of the nev? ownership gave the grej 3 and linked the 
old with the new by declaring that VuI.3.S* could now liMimn Wayside 
Inn - Bay State. Anyway, the school will continue - tonight's 
graduation wa3 truly a Commencement. 




June 15 to 21, 1947 


Friday, June 20, 194? in 

A teachers group from the Davis School in West Se* 
gave a luncheon this noon for a fellow - teacher who is to be 
married in August. The Imcheon also honored a ne\< principal 
and his rife* 

Tonight a party of fifteen were served dinner in the 
old kitchen, the arrangements being sa&de by Krs« T. W. Karaer 
of Winchester. 

Saturday, June 21, 1947 Very pleasant 

The Congregational Church in South Sudbury provided .. 
setting this afternoon for the Bedding of Helen Eaton, side 
Inn girl who attended the Mary L . Southwest Schools and 
also served for soaetiaie as a Wayside Inn hostess. Helen 
aarried a local ffejf boy and the church was filled vath family and 
friends. During the ceremony, Miss Fisher sang two solos and 
Miss Staples was there among the guests who, after the •. ny, 
adjourned to the church parlor where congratulations v/ere offered. 
The church v?as substituted for the Martha - Mary Ch , en 
Helen's guest list began zo growl 

June 22 to 23, 1947 

Sunday, June 22, 1947 Partly einudy 

Miss MadCeehuie, our attractive hostess from Maribo rough 
c-nd youngest on the hostess staff, is getting to be a flower Ml 
nient expert, and is receiving compliments right ana left. In fact, 
a letter was received the last of May in appreciation of en apple 
blossom arrangement. The guest had noticed it ana upon arrivi 
home, took the time and pains to write a word of praise. In another 
letter received recently, a party guest added this paragraphs 

^Everyone thought the table lovely and 
the flower arrangement perfect ? 

Today Miss MacKechnie brought pink roses from her own 
garden to make into several beautiful bouquets. 

Monday, June 23, 1947 Warm 

Our lie tie neighbors who live over the border in Framing- 
ham, Marcie and Edith Gross, together with their cousin Dorothy 
Hutchinson from Seattle, Washington, were entertained hei . 7. 
Joan Colby, who now lives in the old Walker house, formerly a part 
of the estate, was another guest and Miss Staples was their hostess- 

After playing a game in which Dorothy vton the prise, the 
children went out to the porch, where they found sandwiches and 
tall glasses of delicims iced chocolate awaiting them. The Gross's 
great dane had to be put out several tiraes and finally tied so a 
tree, where he spent the rest of the time., whimpering softly, until 
the children came out. Vftien they appeared, he nearly knocked t9 
over in nis joy at seeing them again. 

The first Tauck Tour of the m arrived for lunch una 

a tour of the Inn with seven passengers. All summer they will be 

coming twice a week and of course, the number will increase as time 
goes on. 

Tuesday, June 24, 1947 Pleasant 

The Ladies Entertainment Committee for the convention 
Builoing Owners and Rnagers arranged to have one hundred and fifty 
ladies lunch at the Inn today after d it-seeinr; tour of Lexington 

June 22 to 28, 1947 


Tuesday, June 24 (Gontimxed) 

and Concord. Mrs. Frame B. Davis from Detroit introduced herself 
onu said she was staying over in Boston, after the convention, in 
order to attend the Moyes-McMath wedding, which is scheduled for 
the Martha - liary Chapel next Monday afternoon. 

Wednesday, June 25, 1947 ft&in 

The weather is what Bight be called "freakish" just not . 
Instead of the perfect days one would expect in June, we are hav- 
ing lots of rain, high winds and very cool nights. In fact, one 
of our elm trees lost a large limb today in a sudden gust of wind. 
However, lovely fireflies are here and can be seen spark: in g at 
night in the white mist that hovers over the lower meadows and we 
know that the weather will get back to normal soon. 


G uests Vihen will the Inn close? 
Hostess : The Inn is not closing. 

Guests Oh! Vm. so relieved end delighted. I feel as 
though I had been given a present. 

One Quest : (Looking over the books at the Bar) "Oh, I 

e Duncan nines is still in opera tieni" 
Another Guest : Tes. we vouldn't be hs-re today il . 
hadn't been for Duncan Hines.* 

Thursday, Juno 26, 1947 Pleasant 

Mrs. Cartinhour, several times an overnight guest, is 
an ardent lover of animals, particularly of dogs. She came last 
evening, carrying in her bag a book by G. B. Stein - "The Ugly 
Dachshund", and she amused the hostess by telling about to 
dachshunds v/hich belong to her mother. She said tht t whenever 
her mother goes out to visit ; riends, a taxi is called to take 
dogs over to her daughter's home. 34rs. Gar tiniiour * a description 
of the pampered dogs riding in a city cab was filled with humor 
and rare unc i>ig of do go and their behavior. She likes c 
too and very often carries a scrap from the dining tar 
up in a paper napkin, just in case she sees or meets an uncer- 
nourished cat I 

June 22 - 2$, 19 47 

Friday, June 27, 1947 Very fara 

A very warm evening m brightened consid-a by 
the appearance of thrc I opr lately ciressed people. A father 
wore a gray summer suit, while mother and daughter v;ore crisp 
dotted swiss. Both mother end daughter ..ore identical corsages 
of pale pink roses, tied with a large pink bow. 

The occasion for dinner at the inn and the beautiful 
corsages was little "Miss Pride ana Joy's" fifth birthday party. 
The party enjoyed dinner served to them on the porGh and then 
ue a hasty departure, in order to see toe lambs before dark. 

Saturday, June 28, 1947 Pleasant 

Today the Inn welcomed many interesting guests, as 
well as holding three lavish parties. 

The first v/as a wedding luncheon in the Old Kitchen 
for members of the immediate family. A white table cloth was 
spread. This was set off with afelfea tapers and a film;--- aet 
of Queen Anne^ lace. 

Our second wedding party of the day, following the 
service in the Chapel, was held in the small ballroom. Fifty 
guests offered congratulations to the bride, v.ho was attractively 
dressed in a white suit v.ith pale blue accessories. 

Late afternoon a third bridal party began to gather in 
tne large ballroom. A huge bride 8 s cake, decorated with pink 
and white roses, adorned the buffet table, while pure white flowers 
of several varieties completed the picture. 

Period June - July 5 

Jim* ?e 

Kioa Karjori© Peek of' *j the last of the cfe June 
brides to be carried in t*w tfurth* - Bary Chapel* A ts attendee' 

the ceremony which wan held on a lovely *»fcttu& of sumer carder floner ■ 
lighted candles* 

r -:e .;• ■>.. _.• broi b l ; ;;v oi teachers balenftes. I* NM 
Rational i oa Associate r dinner* Since the forty sonon were fross 
the far nest they enjoyed not only seeing the Ian, hut were great' 
by the a nticuity of its furnishings, and listened attentively as U» ---30 
Save thee a deecrlption of the various points of interest* She did this in 
tlie old kitchen a a the teachers scumbled apart from the many reex 
guests who thronged ttirough the house en this beeutifut auwaer afternoon* 

the soft velvety petals of the Salapaglossis have been adair 
our visitors aa they vere used as table decorations in the dining roo* for 
the first Ur-o this season* Is feel that .vioau tntLy hns *the treen 
finger* to raise such fragile blossoass in their «any shades, deluding those 
of purple and burnt orange* 

July 2 Cool 

Today is on© of toooo perfect days wit 7 white cloudr flo 

in A clear blue sky and a cool fresh ore . The usual Gray Line 

bus arrived and about ti*eafc#-five i>eopl« were taken care of without delay* 
Harold iliattaaway. the drive; , aide, is now «i faedliar figure end keeps 

everyone in a #ood Inner uith his ixmny stori< ( Ing evm the hostessea 

A group of darfc-akiimed calling Uie*3©ive« Bob© Indians cone 
to see the house* Xbey ere isl, end Lena Walden end now live 

Detroit but aeke e visit every yc^r to tfetv §fc 9 the home of their ancestor . 

71 ^r \ ej July 3 >ler 

The intense beat of the past few dV.ys have been followed by eoo th- 
ing eoolne • 

She variety of tales our guests have told us to-day here been rent 
interesting for they have ens** iror *ear, frc- r-hy Co . from 

far assy California, fim "awty de-en South", fron across the eater from 
Brussels eod London} ana iron Canada to the north of us* aed, our 

Canadian neighbors purchased five <if the Pictorial Chasbcrlalii publications as 
gifts for their frieu 

One gentleman t?ho now lives in a near-by torn told ox the visits he 
made here core than thirty years ago when &• Lemon welcomed hie* Later, in 
the evening another of our guests recalled the <ivy ©J when she es; joyed 

the skating parties on the pond. 

M h | JtOy £ 

A n eitresjely wans day marked this JiCy 4t i though uie Jim 

vat prepared far m. extra heavy uey* only s no ,ops*r.. 

n *oati>er kepi su\y et the beaches* but no. our regular guests 
eaae la spite of the heat* Ifr* nfi Km* ttelscn Xroi ^&red bring- 
ing lovely red roses end stall white daisies for the Inn* a ire. Bell 
greeted the hostesses with a cheery sails - along with icindly .%. ISsat&r • and 
our over j'&ithful guests tit© H&wleys. 

Mwisf July 5 

Hhe Inn sew a busy day after the 4th w*th wmtff tourists* luncheon* 
end dinner guests* 

A thunder a tax?:. eUnsarai the ever. | the A jests 

lingered in the Bar Boost* 'where they purchased n?.. ■ cards until 

atom passed* 

Quests luring dinner were startled when the Limits went out, but 
were pleiwsntly surprised sstien the Emergency Light? cane I isee lights 

inet&ile4 in the Old ami Hew Dining Boons aad in the Hall were called upon 

1*3 1 tins | end worked lofc&nifioenUy* 

Period July 6 - July 12 

■ m .y July 6 7ery warr. 

In spite of the in tans* heat the Inn welcomed hundreds of sight - 
seers* children end elderly groups, ianily ptrtitis, tad three bus tov A 

group of nineteen ens* fro® Hev Haven* and were delighted with the atao; 
and hospitality of the Inn* 

Kiss Staples prepared two copie^ of the Hove Co it of Anae to be 
smiled to e descendant of the Howe far&iy no* Living in occupied Gere*- Ml 

surmised that this ancient work is to be copied by sowe German r 

Col* end Mrs* Howe* 

Towaru evening heavy showers end suabiings of thunder relieved the 
breathless air, una Many nor* dinner pertj vived &a a cule;:. o the 

Fourth of July week-end activltic 

July 7 Bon 

In * sudder. rstorr yeater*. i .at li«b of the large Ash 

by the side of the Inn was twisted o. , 
fre<* i»nd i r * aansy 

The Colby 1 a c;.»sse this rsorniug to hews breakfast on the- porch with 
sons friends who have been here* 

fhe Tauck Tour brou^it about *8 people ^aa the Qray LI 
usual arnsn 

Tuesday July 3 Partly cloudy 

Betty Roy* s if* boncytcooniric; In northern Ui m vith h*r husboiiti 

Francis KcJfeth of Detroit after their K. ■ l&iry wedding whi- t 

* week ago* lira* ftoyea telephoned to &u y bow lovely the wadding m& m. 
thanked us for eaklng it perfect in every defc Betty i» an only eki 

and will sottle in Pensyivania* 

UrBm -tone is hevlag tun these days pushing around a net of 

uur. cleaner called an "Electrikbroor" which seees to work. Mm 

- ? t« *fy no i -hen ■ Luest will stop to aak how it works 

and Krs« £toot will proudly deaan*t* .rticuierly pleaaed *J 

its light* coap&ct lore* 

Maeed*? July 9 

H-ie exceedingly i*arm arid humid we , 

a &r« Ece^ani's name red on ori- 

ent* with the uy It has been Interesting to no tic >er 

of 4Bd Rawaiiene us well as this Japanese Aceric&n who case 

with tc tour* 

• Gray Una buses also brought about sixty people b*lot. 60 

the Safety Patrol 


■ittMllliWl of tonri.t: groups MM B*t fcMJMNftd ^y tl<c hi,h MMirttty of 
thie unusually hot dey # «*e two lar&e buo groi^a prov People I . .1 

parts of the country visite ., Eng- 

our fteffloiutto!.-. --t.c«*a f is Um> put her 

>int of the boy* over the lergi a the 

, she portly exciiiiised, B i,k> thut 1 © whet they tiae^t" 

•it a gre* I . of fragr ym-Wi 

low pwstt: . v.lth one roury.: 

the Old Dluin 

^ i 

The "Old Fasthiooev now, with flowere 

of isseny variety • U: »u f irat oat 

eye &s you *m! h the <irc: t the gar en'f enti 

A short dlataaae on, -me aey *ee b t ...wertAc 

parintouah, [>etunl6.8| and aianlajj - ell rxMhiae bo awfc* ■ wUUieat -^z 
beautiful ,*©• 

Mr* . en ftlae ' J • for u; :, o in 

it lis qui to an acooRp&leiMent to kee;; bo nany flowers In , 
the s 

July " Wans Am? 

M&oncn ■ uas put jr 
s mn£. A «fclt« fc&W 

dom.^ 8 sno^y vfcite et cent? 

reath« At t' inuheo 

th» \ seen on , «ad 1 

• Sfafreri&l Gwrdm - Em bri. i grooft .'>«lr 

■ were fcnfaNU 


Week ending July 19, 1947 

Sunday, July 13, 1947 Hot 

In the coolness of the summer morning two ladies strolled 
about the Inn. We learned that Mrs. Segersten examined our pottery 
with interest since she is an artist in ceramics of no mean skill. 
Her companion was no less interested, being Helena Zelezna, a well 
known sculptress of Czechoslovakia. 

Madame Zelezna has pieces in many of our large cities. 
Since many of her records were destroyed during the war, she does 
not know in what homes throughout America her treasures are to be 
found. She chatted with the hostesses for some time in rather fine 
English, and left for Shrewsbury to have luncheon. 

In the afternoon the hostesses and guests were thrown 
into gales of laughter by Mr. George Killam, a stage comedian and 
ringer of Swiss bells, who was joining in a r-eunion of the Killam 
"tribe" at the Inn. Mr. Killam 1 s very exact imitation of a small 
dog in the house caused much concern to the hostesses who dashed 
to entice the imaginary animal outside, of course to the great 
amusement of the other Killams. 

Monday, July 14, 1947 Very Warm 

There is a picture on the cover of the June issue of 
Home Acres entitled]? Henry Ford, A Great American." Someone took 
this picture of Mr. lord sitting in a field of wheat, leaning over, 
deep in thought. He is crushing a stalk of wheat in hi* hand and 
watching the grains as they fall one by one into his hat. An article 
by Edgar Guest (his life-long frlnd) bearing the heading "A Tribute 
to Henry Ford", appears on the first page of the magazine. Mr. Guest 
has put into the following words the thoughts which many of us would 
like to have be&a able to express? "Henry Ford will be missed. He 
will be missed in many places where kindness is still needed; lie will 
be missed i?hen courage to right a wrong and to fight injustice is 
required; he will be missed by all the creatures of the woods and 
fields who found in him a friend; and he will be missed by many a 
struggling youth to whom a word of hope and encouragement would mean 
so much. I can hear his voice whispering down the years to young 
dreamers everywhere: "It can. be done! Follow your light; learn by 
study and by patient practice. Let neither sneer nor mockery daunt 
you. Believe in yourself Success will surely follow," 

the misuse an 

Week ending JvJy 19, 1947 

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Tuesday, July 15, 194-7 Very Warm 

We failed to get the name of a very charming afternoon 
guest -who told us that she was the person mho redecorated the famous 
Childs* restaurants. She knew Mr, Childs well and convinced him 
that his restaurants should be more home-like, "Who would want 
his guest to hang his hat on the wall near the dining table?" she 
asked her friend. He gave her the opportunity of clearing out 
cold, white tables and replacing them with more attractive ones, 
adding color and creating an atmosphere of warmth and comfort. Our 
guest was on her way to Maine and expressed appreciation of the 
Inn*? furnishings. She added that the late Mr. Childs had been here 
and had thought of doing over an old Inn in a similar way. This he 
finally did in Bemardsville, New Jersey, calling his place "The Old 
Mill Tea House." 

Wednesday, July 16, 1947 Very warm 

Beside the Bixler Tour, the Cook's Tour and the Gray Line 
Tour we had a group of one hundred and thirty-nine Railroad men, 
members of a convention now meeting in Boston, for luncheon guests 


Our good friend Dr. Huntley came to have luncheon and 
his accustomed walk through the fields and to make a reservation 
to stay here a few days next week. 

Mrs. Caruso, our Sudbury neighbor, and her friend Mrs. 
Anderson strolled in for dinner. They are planning a trip to Italy 
and France in the fall and seemed delighted at the prospect. 

Uier dinner guests were five men, four of whom registered 
from Australia. They were familiar with the poem, "Mary had a little 
lamb" and rushed down to see the school before it got too dark. 

Thursday, July 17, 1947 Very warm 

The first of & group of convalescent Officers came to the 
Inn for dinner accompanied by a Red Cross worker. The group was 
greeted at the door and escorted to the porch, as the men are accustom- 
ed to "having chow" at an early hour. One man was seated in a 

Week ending July 19, 1947 


streamlined wheelchair, which rolled through the doors nicely, 
and accommodated him at the table perfectly. 

After dinner, Mies Staples told the group the story 
of the Inn. Such was the interest of the group, that the driver, 
who paced impatiently outside, cane in and joined the group, man- 
ifesting keen interest. Wa are all happy to find such unusual 
response, since this is the first of such ventures. 

Friday, July 18, 1947 Pleasant 

A hostess drew an elderly gentleman into conversation 
and thereby gathered an interesting story. The man s a aecnanical 
draftsman by trade, explained that his name was Haines ana that 
his very first job as a young man was with Mr. lord. In a little 
shop in Detroit, he and Mr. Henry Ford worked side hy side to 
assemble the first Ford car. 

Mr. Haines later worked for the Packard Company, but 
admitted that he en joyed the time spent with Mr. Ford more than 
anything throughout his entire life. 

Saturday, July 19, 1947 Very Warm 

The Martha-Mary Chapel was again the scene of a wedding 
which took place this evening at seven o 1 clock. The bride was a 
Miss Hutchinson from Roslindale and the groom a Mr. Butcher. 
The guests numbered around seventy-five and after the ceremony 
adjourned to the large Ball Koom for refreshments, the punch bov/1 
being the most popular spot on this very warm mid-summer evening. 

Unique among the features of the wadding was the departure 
of the couple in a taxi. The groom, having no automobile, asked 
one of the hostesses to arrange for their hurried exit from the Inn 
in a hired car. The car was chauffeured by an ex G. 1. who dodged 
under the shower of confetti along with the bride and groom! 


I I 




Week of July 20 - July 26 

Sunday July 20 Such cooler 

Mrs. Lincoln from Wellesley, who often comes for Sunday morning 
breakfast with others from the college, introduced us to her sister who 
has returned from Italy recently. She went both ways by plane and on 
the return trip left Italy Thursday noon end landed in Boston Friday 
noon. There is of course, a difference of seven hours in the time, but 
it seemed unbelievable particularly to the passenger. She said that 
she found the older people in Italy looking very old and feeble, while 
the young people are coming back to normal slowly . The art treasures 
have been saved,, but none of the museums are open yet. Our guest also 
told of being in South America when a native, trying to lure sight - 
seeing passengers into his antiquated, nearly broken-down automobile, 
cried out J "Greta Garbo rode in thia t * 

Monday July 21 

Monday is usually a very busy day with the bus groups and many 
telephone calls from people who think we might not be open. So many 
places close on Mondays. 

Dr. Huntley arrived for his three day rest and relaxation. He 
is a very friendly with the guests and we saw him having a chat at the 
luncheon table with two ladies, one of whom had a bunch of wild flowers 
in her hand, no doubt picked by the gentleman of the party. 

Mrs. Davis, who has been a guest for over a vteek now, is another 
friendly soul. We have learned a few fac^s about her, and it seems 
she came to Sudbury about 30 years ago as a young bride. She lost her 
husband, a minister, in the flu epidemic two years later. 

She still takes an interest in those people who were kind to her 
at that time and speaks of them affectionately as "the pillars of the 
church" • 

Week of July 20 - July 26 

— <£— 

Tuesday Jui.y 22 Very warm 

These days are so full of a number of things we are * all as happy 
as kings " - talking, walking, helping guests from Idaho, California, the 
South, and Kalamazoo. Ies,it was the lady from Kalamazoo who v/anted that 
recipe for Indian Pudding. And it was the dear little daughter of Dr. 
Quick who askeci for the checkerboard. And the departing four frost Sort 
Carolina who held up a thermos bottle to * please fill so we won't need 
to stop on this hot day • • So it goes, as the sweat goes rolling off 
our faces and our feet begin to ache. But - helpfulness, a kind word, 
a baby's smile, make us all m as happy as kings " ! 

Wednesday July 23 Very warm 

One of the hostesses today received a lovely post- - a with a 
picture of the old mill in Nantucket and signed by D. and J. Colby. 
She was admiring it during a quiet moment at the Bar when she happened 
bo glance up and there were the Colby's smiling at her. They looked 
tanned and healthy and said they were very happy to come back to their 
little house on Peakham Road. 

Another guest m a Mr. Cahill, who has a very interesting job 
playing the organ and arranging entertainments for patients and nurses 
at a nearby hospital. He played the Hammond Organ in Grover Cronin's 
store in Waltham for many years. 

Mrs. Settle, as she did last year, ftg&Ja brought a group of 
music students from the Institute of Normal Stethods now holding its 
summer session at La Salle College in Auburndale. They were most 
enthusiastic about their dinner, and although their schedule ±c 
heavy one, they were planning to come a : nd bring their husbands. 

Week of July 20 - July 26 
Thursday July 2k Cool breezes 

Bright and early this morning George Odishoo and Vernon Leffler 
with a Red Cross worker arrived to take pictures of the Inn. They 
are two of the convalescent officers from Gushing General Hospital who 
came the other evening for dinner. George enjoyed snapping unusual 
furniture arrangements grouped around the fireplaces and was not at all 
disturbed by posing Miss Swanson in modern dress demonstrating ancient 
utensils. After a pleasant morning* "Lefty" drove the group away in 
his new automobile which he completely controlled by hand while his 
useless legs hung helplessly - unknown to all observers. George 
beamed over his Wayside Inn film which he will develop and print hi»- 

Friday July 25 Pleasant 

Another busy day with the Tauck Tours, the Gray Line, and rvany 
regular luncheons for guests. Among our guests this rooming came 
a Br. Castleman who seemed very enthusiastic about everything here. 

When leaving Mr. Castleman stopped at the Des&to mail a post- 
card, and remarked, "This card 3J going to my twin brother i .1 
be glad to hear that I have finally made a visit to the Wayside Ian5 
n Xou see," said Mr. Castleman, * I once edited the poems "Tales of 
a Wayside Una" for the MacMillan Company years ago. orothe: 

and myself are teachers and have read and studied the poems in our cl. 
rooms many times. 


Week of July 20-26 

Saturday July 26 Very warm 

This morning a small group of business men. from Boston held a 
meeting in the Old Ballroom of the Inn, after i.hich they enjoyed 
luncheon 3erved in the Large Dining Room, 

In the evening a group of fifty students from Harvard University 
enjoyed a Dinner - Dance in the Large Dining Room and Ball Room. 
After dinner the students Iiad a guided tour through the Ian, then ad- 
joined to the Ball Room where square dancing was enjoyed for the re- 
mainder of the evening. 

j I 


Wmk of July Zl - Auti. 2 
Swday July 27 Cool 

The Inn was croisded tilth Sund to and dinner guests* A 

pleasant br©ese fcept the day coo! 5 ible, wait- 

resses hrouiiht for' irthday cake all 1 

Keenan party, it was risccssary to close cloors *uid wlada , 
was a beautiful one, decorated with blue i 
white candles In lacy holders. It *d too pretty to fe^t! 

July 23 fiaia 

A STr. Ikmard 3. Ball of Tuekahoe, Sew Xori; has been spending a 
few days of rest and quiet here, con g a little business en • 
elde site incidentally looking up his ancestor who cane fJPM England 
and settled in Sudbury* Be wanted to get In touch with a Sudbury 
Ball and *".r. John C. was called on the phone and case thi n\ u . 
The two Balls !md a long tali; and ease to the conclusion that they 
had a oaswon ancestor wa, Shakespeare* £ tine. Our house 
guest was very grateful to us for ity of 

meeting our Sr* Ball as enabling biro to clear up several ob- 
scure points concerning his forebears* 

Fe are noticing eoae very - ^ates these days when we 
s orders for lui frora the Gray Lin .ases as String- 
fellow, Karshberger, , Eoos, Coellaar. m 
Swinnen sound queer to our Se?< , but 
corsRon in Use cor ss frosi *»hich U*ese pcop. 

leftk of July XI to August 1 

Tuesday July I V rj MM 

Dinner at the Ifeyside Inn, seated at & table on the porch over - 
looking the sheep pasture and surrounding h. , pom one recent guest 
a reel thrill on her eightieth birthday • tia# I rtb> 

iuy snay fro* hone lor the vary first tic© in her life! $ie laired the 
Inn with its iusiliar etna-sphere sad utensils and remarked: * There ic 
nothing like this in Syracuse* * 

toother recent guest i with •ottaaelasa after m^ndering through 

the roons exc~ai&ed 9 "Isn't this just beauiifu I'd 15'se to carry 

hoee in a truckl * 

Speaking of carrying things m*a& 9 nner guest thin evening m 

parttcalarljr envious of our porter collection, and the wr 

d, •I'll take turkey «mo that pewter hung over there on fcne I ■ 

July 30 ry hoi 

Kiss Snanson, our recently acquired uoatese. has left unpecir- 
edly to prepare aerself Tor a acre permanent job nhieh her 
away te a long tiae* ISe are going to miss her 
allty and keen sens* of hus*>r f but are glad to have Barbara Eaton b 
again in her pic 

I«ittie h ink, eight" year a&s§ has cone with her father a... 

nether to stay < She brought hex ong for ce 

ie Q« by nene, but seated soja© outer eausnaent this evening* 
nan absort r stereoscope and its pictures of 

-deluding the ley side Inn, but fin A interest and 
casae up to the 3^r on ;&ve sos* other |ai -. Bm 

ran bap iiy out to the lawn edLtk tin! chad-. id box of sneakers 
and was allowed to play with her father ;re until be* A . 

ftps* SeCurdy, a fi .t guest for j.-ujy years, . tve luncheon 
with her young son* Kr* KeCuruy, %ho is connected an 

School; has been in Gerneny for sons tine and his family are going over 
a fen weeks to join his»« they will stay a year i*ad are ^try ouch excited 
at the prospect* It eft 1 be uite an adventure in eany nays* 

Ime ftsy&Lda Ira 

Uifery • 

Keek ol July ,7 to Augu; 

Thurodiiy July 

This last £i«y tC July brought hundreds of people to feme Inn, old 
and young, from v&ar and f&r« i t Convention 

whisb opens next seek la Beaton* . jre ti*. dentists v.ith . >ng tochnical 
name vbisb memos make.'© t«et&, elfe. .oo se~ . to 

The modern t .." temti • So»e of the 

most expert - users of Use srtiXieiAi bam* b©e*j here una today 

Lr wives lunched iiere, gv in auaiber 9 unu»r i' 

ttrs* feoghen, the wife of 1^* - n of Host ...i: 

... » . i<. -......« ;,., Jr. ,---.;•.-.--.., .... G. ^.i'uruia meets Er« &*- and- 

• ^ . 

The first day ml August scwaj .snally hot and humid r, 

fcloni with c p of tourists fror. ell over Ibl .as 

vslco&ed assay gums- ■ Sow for rsey this siismer, 

fiance &t tot .Mi om. .. bbe sigjuitureg of Mr. ■ 

J&rs. Josi ;-kirWBadeJ6 fron Sar, Juan, &e Dr. 

fteiter, mil the way fros. .agea, Beisa&i 

the Old &una& in Km* Inn looks especially lovely today* 

Sri^it I bo tke av ate nasse * Golden (XLo * adorn 

eac e. .1 these same flowers mas used on 

mantle, and sea set off by sev MM oi our newly I dad. pewter- 





The ttayiside Inn 

ietk mi tag August a 

.^arday Au;_ - 

The Old 3*11 Roosi ms a*id© the scene this evening for & - »edding reee Seventeen gaer; the buffet s 

.■■nips, fc 
to, .- . p ice erees, end coffee* 

A center ^.bie, white 

wore used, on the. 

tar in tee eveni 
Sroiled ChleSten Dinner served to thee on the ?or 
have been school U . J, for Isry ' 
and the poem w$ recited a la tlotsid 


Week of August 3 - August 9> *^7 

Sunday August 3 Pleasant 

Sunday crowds were larger than ever today, it seemed, as people 
flocked in and out of the front door in & constant strt. We happen- 
ed to run across Mr. and Mrs, Horace Mann of Ltoyleston, Pennsylvania, 
fir. Mann has for years been in charge of the Bucks County Historical 
.Society, a museum well-known to collectors of antiques. He said he 
knew Mr. fcord, and that Mr. ford had visited Doyleston sever ai tines. 
There used to be quite a famous old inn in the town, filled with old 

Also we found in the crowd a man whose home is in the West Inc 
He was here years ago and remembered especially the Mary Lar ol 

In the meantime, one hundred and fifty guests case over from 
.Framinghais and vicinity to attend the wedding of Hiss Barbara Sho<- 
in the Kartiia - Mary Chapel. The ceremony was at four-thirty with a 
reception following at the bride's home. 

Monday August L, Warm 

Mr. Alexander and his wife ftoS two children registered i: 
Fuiladelphia, and then wandered through the rooms looking at every- 
thing with great interest. ne Ml a fine looking nan, L-:. Ml 
heavily built and. walked with a slight limp- 

glassware and when he was shown our bottles and flip glasses he said, 
"You see I'm a glassware blower by trade but do mostly scientific work 
Sometimes I make little bottles and animals in my spare time just for 

Rev. Jjr. and Krs. Wesley Huber of Wellesley came for lunch to- 
gether ftith another minister and his wife. They enjoyed the Inn as 
always and at one time the dignified Dr. Huber was seen trying on the 
black beaver hat in the Washington tfedroom to the great amusement of 
his friends. 

THE SAiniDE . 
¥&e let 3 - 

Tuesday ftagtlfft ant 

Today led us of the "good old days" . before 
but before the advent highways ..: tic i hare, to a cei 

en a good deal of traffic away from the Inn. Before Route 9 was built, 
for instance - all 
door of the Inn. 

On some summer days a* many as & ople "dropped in*. 
Today we had over five hundred, including over one hundred guests 1 

hecn group. They were the rrive'<. of ssri attending a km In 
Boston of Lawn Bowling clubs. 

Wednesday August 6 Hot 

Mr. Williams of Holliston, a frequent visitor came today with a 
party of eight other men for luncheon. A high ranking police o ' f icer 
in an impressive uniform was with them. fie was the esc i . Use 
Mayor of the town who v/as the guest of honor >t distinguis 

from the others because of the plain bnj suit which he 

In the evening a group of four ministers 
dinner. From some of their names, LSadbea Ickson, Strom, it > 

ad the; 
the host*. r their complimentary dinners one of then saids r e 
just come back from a Good Will Tour in Sweden where we have been girJ 
concerts. We are Staging together for the lai . o- 

night before for good. s * 

like to hear them, where upon v;ithout any fuss c 
aries they sang the old negro spiritual, *B 

They sang so wall that that ssvcral guests were od in i ys 
listening with delight. Rev. Erickson said, "We thought it woul Ice 
to sing for our 2 upper i " 


Week of August 3 - August 9/47 
Thursday o 7 Pleasant 

A wedding which was a little on the unusual side took place this 
afternoon in the Martha - Hazy Chapel followed by a reception at the 
Inn. Unusual was the fact that the bride and her two attendants arrived 
early and, like in her pm home, the bride supervised all the final 
arrangements such as placing the wedding cake, putting the flowers in 
vases, and setting the Buffet table. She came in a simple cotton frock, 
then changed to a well cut, smartly tailored navy blue dress and pinned 
thereon a corsage of white gardenias. then she crowned her blond hair 
with a semi-wreath of gardenias. It was very effective on this wans 
August day. The guests, numbering about forty, came over from the 
Chapel to enjoy Chicken Salad and ice cream in the old Sail ttoom. The 
Wedding cake, made by 5. S. Pierce Company,, urns a particularly beautiful 
one, it's icing being a little "off the usual white with very pale pink 
roses adorning the one tier. The bride's name, by the way, was Shirley 
Kenny and she came way up from Beverly, Hass„ to be married here. 

Friday August 8 Warm 

The Inn has seen many interesting summer guests this year, and 
today was no exception. Oddly dressed people-, m all appearances 
would be called "Quakers'* were noticed by th* m wore 

small starched white caps, and cheeked dresses with capes. The M 
no special costume or emblem, but their hair was very long., iis well as 
their beards. 

These people were not (Quakers as we had expected, but D«mka^d3 ,, 
who claimed they were *Uer; jtists", and had traveled here from 

A nother interesting foursome came to dinner at the Inn this 
evening. Our guests traveled here from Bombay, India, and seemed charm- 
ed with the furnishings of the Ii: They requested a table on the porch 
no they could enjoy the scenery offered by our K land countryside. 

The women looked charming in their unusual dress. One with full 
India print skirt and bright silk dress, and the other with a modest gray 
jersey dress and lavish silver jewelry. 

im nAiswE urn 

ffeek of August 3 - August 9, *U7 

Saturday August 9 Cloudy 

A tall stately gentleman with a dignified air about hint, MUM 
to the Inn today for a short visit &nd B a cup of tea*. A hostess, 
thinking he might have an interesting background, engaged him in con- 
versation, the gentleman started his story by giving his name - 
cancel La Farge. He is now a resident of Hew fork, but went on to 
tell of his interesting occupation during the war years- Mr. La Farge 
was under the supervision of the Sht Department, but had charge of pre- 
serving thejart collections in iurope. 

•\. V"tr-^ **-! s 

The Fueher's headquarters were used to store the art treasures 
and it was up to Mr. La Farge to sort them over and keep only the most 
important pieces. 

This project lias since been turned over to the civilians, whose 
job it is to rebuild their museum, and places to keep these art treasures 
in their proper surroundings. 

Week of August 10-16, 1947 

Sunday, August 10, 194-7 Very pleasant 

As the sun was beginning to set on this Sumner Sunday evening 
and just at the time when hostesses, waitresses, and cooks were be- 
ginning to wilt, several busses stopped in front of the house and 
deposited one hundred and twenty-six young ladies on our doorstep. 
They were of college age and it didn't take long to detect a decid- 
edly Southern accent. The voscaa in charge gave a brief explanation 
of their presence here. She said that the girl re from a 
in Tampa, Florida and had come to Connecticut for the months. 
They work through the relatively cool New England summer days in the 
tobacco fields. This year they have iwen sowing tobacco. The 
place is farrifivilie, which these attractive young ladies left at 
six- thirty thin isorning, for I eing tour of Massachusetts. 

Monday, August 11, 1947 Very warm 

; te an imposing name for a small group appeared on our 
reservation list todays The International Alliance .rical 
Stage Employees and Moving Picture Employees and Moving Picture 
Operators. Mr. John Hauser of Low's Poli Threatre in forces t--. 
was the genial host for these sixteen epople. After luncheon, they 
enjoyed wandering through the rooms pointing out different arti-- 
of interest to each other and for the most part calling them \>j 
their correct names. Both men and women seemed "to know their 
antiques. 8 

A Mr. and Mrs. George Warren Morse of Hamden, Connecticut 
signed the register today. It was the largest and most dcuous 
band*. rri ting on the page and after the name was printed in large 
letters, G G Grandson of David Ho*. . 

Tuesday, August 12, 1947 f?arm 

The most recent addition to our collection of glass is a 
lovely old decanter that has been handed down in the Longfellow 
family for many generation* - '. This decanter was presented by 
Walter A. Longfellow of Berth Geituate, Rhode Island. In a 
letter accompanying the piece Mr. Longfellow said that he was 
greatly interested in the Wayside Inn and had followed with 


Week of August 10 - 16, 1947 

sincere interest the development of fee famous hostelry. " Mr. 
Loagf ellow) who was born in fork shtre, England in l651j«s£ >->- 
later came to this country and settled in ifewbury, Ma; 

Wednesday, August 13, 1947 Very 

We were very glad to welcome Mr. Hamilton of Dearborn 
today end he is planning to spend a few days v/ith us. In the 
afternoon Mrs. Purdy came in carrying a beautiful white album 
in her hands. She told us she thought we would enjoy seeing 
the pictures imd she was well rewarded by the many oh's and 
ah*s of admiration. They were the pictures of Mr. sxid fere* 
Hamilton and their guests on the occasion of their 25th Wedding 
Anniversary. The first picture was the best of all in which 
the photographer had caught Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton smiling at 
each other in a very natural pose. Among the guests some 
familiar faces were recognised here and there ,- the former 
Frances Bryant, Mr. Craig, and Mrs. Caapsall. We almost felt 
as though we had been to the party when we finally closed the 

Thursday,, August 14, 1947 Very wars 

For years, artists and lecturers, the sight-seers and 
hostesses, have been trying to name the color of the n. 

It has been our understanding at least someone U ry 

once-upon-a-time, that the color of the exterior of the Inn v;&s 
actually a mistake. The story is that Mr. Lemon, in the 1090*8* 
called a painter to paint the house. The painter with his help- 
ers arrived shortly after Mr. Lemon had left for a day of brain 
in Boston. Nevertheless the painters went to work and splashed 
on what they thought was a very pretty color. Mr. Lemon, upon 
returning home, was somewhat shocked to find his oeloved Inn 
blushing like a romantic school ;;iri in a new dress of dusty pink! 
The color however, soon became a kind of land Baric or perhaps we 
should say trademark. It is different, in ceres ting, and unique. 
Each time a new coat is adried, the dusty pink is atched. And 
the new coat wears like an old shoe. The Inn always looks very 
comfortable and happy in it. 


Week of August 10 - 16, 1947 

We remember the time a rattier well-knoroi artist 
stepped off the boat in Boston from a European trip and rush- 
ed to the Inn for a painting of it. "lou have no idea how 
pleased I am to find the Inn painted this liruly delightful 
color", he said. Mot infrequently the color is mentioned, 
but it is rarely named. Today however, we were somewhat a- 
mazed when, from out the crowd of tourists trilling throu 
the house, a woman exclaimed;, w 0h, I*» so glad the Inn is 
painted such a beautiful shade of Cream of Tomato Soupi!" 

Friday, August 15, 194-7 Very warm 

A guest, after eating a hearty dinner, stopped 
exclaim "I know why Longfellow came here, it was be- 
cause that Indian Meal Pudding was so good. 8 

A luncheon guest, when leaving the dining roois, 
inquired of a hostess "Say I ask the contents of those 
delicious patties I just ate? !! ! T/hy, those %ere fish cakes% 
replied the host-ess. H 0h, Sfercy Me K cried our guest, "Short 
are three tilings in this ^vorld that I dont eat and they are 
all fir si M 

A tourist, when raying his admission fee ed 
"my wife is a student, she kind of studies me, but I dont 
expect that win gat her in free!" 

Saturday, August 16, 1947 Barm and humid 

A very attractive wedding took place this cven5 
at the Martha-Mary Chapel, v;hen i rmy B4MSJM 

from Marlboro, 1 and Mr. Theodore Roger Thayer exchan 
their marriage vows. 

The candle light service was further glorified 
by the presence of many towering white gladioli, both 
trie altar and throughout the Chapel. 

The bride was gowned in a filmy white net gown, 
fashioned with a bouffant skirt. Her veil which was n 
of the same material was caught Us a small flowered head-drc 

Miss Bowman's six attendant wore frosty shades of 
ra-pberr/ und lime faille gorais, fashioned v/ith a low neckline 
and bustled backs. 

week of August 10 - 16, 194-7 


The large B&11 Boo© of the Inn 0&a sacle the setting 
for the reception, with nearly tv>o hundred friends and rela- 
tives in attendance. 

Pale pink and white gladioli edorned the Buffet 
table, while a tall wedding cake, set off with four white 
taper 3, compled, the picture. 

Pictures were taken of the bride and groom cutting 
tiie first piece of wedding cake after which they left on 
their wedding trip. 

V.'eek of August 17 - 23, 1947, inclusive 

Sunday, August 17, 1947 Oool 

lany of our guests today stopped in front of the sm a ll 
bay window in the old dining room to admire the flower arrange- 
ment. Some pink and white gladioli were "left over" iroa the 
Bowman wedding and their long full sprays were placed in a low 
bowl against the dark green woodwork. Miss BSao^echnie, t 

Mr. loJBM and his daughter from Fraaingham, qu: 
frequent Sunday dinner guest c, smiled bravely today as nay side 
Inn friends offered heartfelt sympat.. The thin er of 
this "uuday trio, Mrs. Barnes, parsed away abest too Ma 

A little Italian girl with note oil attract- 

ed the .ion of a ho . y, who learned , 'Am child 
was collecting information for her "school work*. Her deep Drown 
eyes were full of enthusiasm and eagerness to learn. f f 
may ;. here sometime" she acta 

Monday, August IS, 1 '47 Warm 

A very interesting family has come to spend a few days, 
ttev. and M r s. Soper end their two wellbehaved children from 
Sarasota, Florid..-.. Wot the least of th group era ^r. 
and Mrs. Shepherd from Swanee,. Tennessee, the p i ,).d 
grandmother. They tire all Espiscopalian3 and brought up in the 
English tradition of church school life where , as Rar« r says, 
"to Gown cannot o&u* The ch q, therefore, are c 
cat home and Mrs. Soper has been b- ooy and girl 

that worn they are ready for the 7th and 9 th Grad-. 

Rev. Soper is a How descendant and bo til he and his wife 
are intensely interested in genealogy, so such so that they vol 
on the family tree while on their honeymoon. They have b .. ,own 
the How Bible and other How Treasures and the children will be 
taken to Concord to round out their stu ^ry and Litera- 

ture. Dedham is another point of interest as Mr. Soper has dis- 
covered he is also eendant of the Fairbanks family. 

Iteek of August .17 - 23, 1947, inc^.. 

- k - 

Our second wedding took place later in the afternoon, 
with about sixty guer attendance:.. The wedding party left 
immediately after the ceremony for a reception held at the bride's 
home in Saxonville, Massachusetts. 

Early evening and a candle light service took place 
at the Martha-Mary Chapel, ihe bride v/ore white taffeta arid 
carried a prayer book with a single orchid marker. 

The bride*s only attendant wore egg shell tal nd 
carried light green orchids. 

The bride received her guests in the large ft on 
of the Inn where a Buffet lunch was served. 

Week of August 17 - 23 , 1947, inclusive 

- 2- 

Tuesday, August 19, 194-7 WSJ and w 

People still seem to be doing extensive travelan£ i 
though the thermometer registers in the 90* s. 

Today twenty-six 3tates and oiiree other countries 
were represented in our guest register. 

Wednesday, August : . 47 Cool and Cloudy 

The long spell of hot weather has broken at last arid 
cool breezes are blowing today to the great relief of all New 
England. fir. Prescott spent the day packing and came into the 
Inn to say goodbye to us. He is leaving for New Hampshire to 
take a new position there. 

A former Wayside Inn Boys School teacher came to have 
dinner, the Rev. Norman Lavers, who taught the boys English and 
is now on the faculty of Gordon College in Boston. 

Ann Bradshaw of South Sudbury, a former "Mary Lamber" 
a"Southwester B aid just recently hostess at the Inn is being 
married at the Martha - Mary Chapel. She and her mother came 
to make plans this afternoon for the wedding which will t 
place early in October. 

Thursday, August 21, 1947 Cool 

Staying a day or two hi - - ttracting quite a lot of 
attention are the plump little Huson girls from Louisiana. 
They look alike, dress alike and are about the same sise, but 
they are not twins. They are thirteen aoafcha apart, explained 
their mother in a Louisiana drawl which diou't sound a bit 
New England- ish. let %s. Huson declared that some where along 
the line she is related to Mary Sawyer of lamb and schoolhouse 

Week of August 17 - 23, 1947, inclusive 

- 3 - 

A guest became quite excited. today when she saw a car in 
our parking space with a Eamiin licence marnhmt a>. sign "4>th 
State". "The owner of that car must be some polite 
she said "Because you know there are those who want to make 8 
the 49th state of the mion." 

2r. and Mrs. Robert J. King, who live in naan, Connect- 
icut and who com© to fee Inn at least two or three times & year for 
an overnight stay, were guests tonight on their way to Nova Scotia, 

Friday, August 22, 1947 Warm 

The Turner family from Verona, ^ew Jersey came to tpmad 
a few dagri at the Imi. They have b&en coming to the iari for many 
years and always with the same gay spirit and enthusiasm. 

4 beautiful post card view of Mr. ^.tahdin, in Maine, 
came to the Inn today for the "Ytayside Inn Hostesses". It came 
from a former employee, and very good friend of everyone here. 
"Maaie Gould". Kaaie is vacationing in Maine this summer arid hav- 
ing a splendid time. 

Saturday, August 23, 1947 Hot 

Three wedding^took place today at the Martha-Mary 
Chapel. The first being Miss Gertrude Neubauer from Iforcesier, 

About one hundred guests attended the wedding at the 
Chapel and reception held in the lar; L2 Room of the Inn. 

The bride was a petite little blond and looked charm- 
ing in her long white ruffled dimity gown. Her attendants 
looked equally as nice in their- pale blue dimity gowns, fashioned 
with an off the shoulaer neek line. 


Week of August 24-30, 1947, incl. 

- 1 - 

Sunday, August 24* 1947 Pleasant 

Many teen agers and those of the age called the w pig-taii 
crowd* tag along with their parents during these Summer vacation 
days. "I cane here years ago" said a woman the otiier clay, and I 
would have been here since only for taking ears of this" she added, 
pointing to a quiet little pig tail-er who stood on tip toe and 
peered over the Bar shelf. Then there was the family of four who 
came for luncheon the other day. The two teen-agers were as 
hungry as little bears and i the luncheon table as if at home. 
They passed things back and forth and asked if they could have 
some fresh sweet corn. A platter containing six: golden ears was 
brought in. They ate it all. Most of the teen-agers, like the 

*, are brown as Indians and have probably been camping 
some where in Maine or Hew Hampshire. However, we remember two 
demure little girls who spent the night. Bu ire from Chicago 
on a historical tour. "This one is mine* Mid the mother, intro- 
ducing a rather plump, pink cheeked child ~ and this one is a 
playmate we have brought along for company* 3 tit , patting 

a tall, lean and lanky child on the shoulder. These young ladies 
were beyond the pig-tail stage. They were serious history students 
about to go into the eighth grade! 

Monday, August 25 9 1947 Very warm 

We often wonder about the people ^ho come to the Inn, 
what are their backgrounds and so forth. Sometimes we gather 
a few interesting facts and somet they remain mysteries like 
the five men who came to dinner recently. 'They asked the host; 
at the Bar if she was the one vho answered the phone when the 
reservation was made. Not cnowing what was coming she said "yes* 
but I could hardly hear you, every other word was blotted out!* 1 
He said with a smile - much to her relief, "Fell, n utitorl 
Do you know that I was using a fclobile Radio Telephone and talking 
from the Quabbin Reservoir in Maine? 11 "Xou couldn*t hear very 
I because something had gone wrong with the mechanism but we 
got it repaired later in the day** The waitress reported that 
these fine looking men all bowed their heads at the dinner table 
while one of them asked the blessing. He are still wondering 
about them. They rray be nuaking history for all we knc. , 

the w.isum im 

Week of August 24-30, 1947, lad, 

Grace before eating has become more Bore frequent 
one waitr - She said once she was about to say the 

routine -"Jor the first course - we have - so and t-o" to find a 
group of Texas school teachers with bowed heads and one about to 
give tr. - for tiie food. It seems as though people were beginning 
to reaJ -w fortunate we are to have enough to eat- 

Tuesday 3 August 26, 1947 ftain 

Two little dolls who could walk i d the 

Inn recently. They should have oeen d» 
for they lived their best days when such were in fashion. 

In fact they used to dance in the old Bell mos of the 
Inn and arrived then with their escorts in elegant carriages. 
Today, they do walk and talk but they do n oee» One is 
and the other 92 years of age. Liuce prim 

they sat in the Parlor while a od his wife explained that 
they now live in Cambridge with a devoted "'woman* 1 who takes 
good care of them. lie the dolls reached out a hand to bid 
a rather stiff, r Good-bye, the son said he had brou, 
them here "to break the monotony." 

Wednesday, August 27, 1947 Cooler 

The usual summer crowds come and go every day and 
are quite ace ed to seeing the rooms filled with people 
through the day, enjoying the antiques anc I tions about 
this and that. The Inn family although very ssuch in the back 
ground is still remembered by those *sho have been able bo g- 
away for vacations. A card from Ma.:xe from Preaque Isle her 
for: s in "aine says, "Having a fine tlae up here and it 5 s 
really a • you all soon. K 

Mrs. Bennett has been keeping us informed of her where- 
about . For tlu b time in. her life she was able to bake a 
trip to California. Cards have been sent frc sautj 
Tahoe and even from the not so beautiful Reno, Hevada. 


Week of August 24 -30, 194-7, incl. 

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Thursday, August 28, 1947 Cloudy 

"Behind the scene B C on those civ ..ays ai He of 
letx^srs. They corae in piles every day from people who want reser- 
vations sad from t. : - v;e know well what our 
would-be guests are doing. At least we know ■teat they are J 
A typical, day will bring letters from such resort places as Siasouset, 
Nantucket Trlnwl, Seal Gave, Maine, it, Maine, Bethleham, 
New Hampshire, Boothbay Harbar, Maine and 'Koodstock, Vermont 
Interspersed are letters frojs ! i on the a . ir 

:-ite from -.elphia, S&lvatlkee, in and 
New lork City. M - "we will be on our way from 

such a place to such a place" and they ted with "we do hope you 
can take care of us- 8 

Friday, Augu 19-47 

Some of the first signs of Autumn ai inning to 
appear; yellow goldenrod, red leaves ant i Hydrangea bus! 
There ace se . orighx. red trees along the sho 
Mill pond and goldenrod is plentiful and in full bloom. 

This week the Inn was decorated i te beau 
white blossoms from the Hydrangea bushes blended with a few 
pink zineas. Placed in a brown crockery bowl they made an inter- 
esting bo re used on a mantle shelf ? some fr timed 
by a window and other vases of ftrto pjal and white combination 
were placed on the individual dining room table - 

Saturday, 4 I 47 Warm 

With the many m Inn issumniex-, it 

is sometj. j-fficult tu remem&er a name or some*.- a 
face if the guest makes a return visit. Today a tell gentleman 
with a ruddy complexion and a decided Inglish accent came back 
again. je that he ha*.-! made m 

mou:- ,o. :-. short quickened step be cause over the thresh 
and exclaimed "Hello, there! A jolly nice place you have here!" 
Every time he stops he purchases one of our new Letter Booklets to 
send to a friend in In gland. 


Week of August 31st - September 6, 194.7 

Sunday, August 31, 1947 Pleasant 

Twenty-five people assembled in the Martha-Mary Chapel 
this afternoon to witness one of the most simple wedding cere- 
monies ever held there. The bride was not gowned in proverbial 
while satin. No white canvas was laid for her to walk upon. 
The altar was not decorated with white lilies and the wedding 
march was not even played by Miss Fisher, who served as organist. 
Instead a program of Bach music was played during the entire 
Episcopal service. Therefore, the beauty and simplicity of the 
Chapel itself contributed a great deal towards making this, the 
wedding of Mr. and ffrs. Richard S. Goodwin, an informal, yet 
very impressive event. 

Monday, Sept. 1, 1947 Cold 

All summer, by one means or another, we have been 
trying to endure the heat. Today in order to endure the cold 
it was necessary to light fires in the Bar room and Dining Room 
fire places. The thermometer had plunged to 40 degrees. 

We have heard that a Mr. Swanson of Melrose is open- 
ing the Country Store today. Once *3ore there will be swapping 
of yarns around the v/ood stove in winter and playing of checkers 
on the cracker barrel. Wt hope the familiar musty smell of old 
spices still lingers there, that whips and kerosene lanterns and 
strings of sleigh bells will be hanging on the walls and in the 
glass cases the penny candies will be on display, coltsfoot, old- 
fashioned f s, licorice by the yard and best of all the pink and 
green and yellow hearts with K I Love Xou" inscribed thereon. 

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 1947 Rain 

Cloudy skies this morning forecast poor weather and 
sure enough by night fall we had had torrential rain3 and in 
some sections winds of hurricane force. Houses were blown dot^n 
in Melrose, large limbs of trees were broken off, lightning 
struck in several places so that fires were started. 

Week of August 31, 19-47 - September 6, 19-47 

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Tuesday, Sept. 2, 1947 (continued) 

In the cities, gutters were flooded by th .x&n down- 
pour and cars were stalled in the middle of the streets. Here at 
I Inn the lights went out ami except where the emergency lights 
shone in the ifairtanniff) business had to be carried on by the feeble 
light of candles. The barroosi was filled with refugees from the 
storm reminding us of the much more severe hurricane of 1938. 

Among our guests were a Mr, and Mrs, */an Scoyoe, the 
name attracted our attention as it seemed almost a phonetic 
spelling for ran Schaick with which we are so famili And so 
it turned out to be. Both names were originally Dutch but our 
Dr. van Schaick* s people settled in New lork, while this Mr. Van 
Scoyoe said his people came from Pennsylvania where they settled 
about two hundred years ago. He said the name had been spelled 
that way since toe early days. When he travels on the trains he 
is often asked if he is related to John van Schaick, the "Poet" J 

Wednesday, Sept. 3, 1947 Ian 

Summer temperatures have come back again and the warm 
weather brought many old friends to the Inn. Mr. Williams of 
Eolliston and a group of friends enjoyed Ms meal at-; usual and 
is planning an Old Kitchen Dinner soon, when it gets a little 
cooler. Mr. and Mrs. Stanwood came again, a cuiet couple, but 
very appreciative. Mr. and Mrs. Fox and their children, who 
spent the night here in July, on their way north are now return- 
ing and wanted accommodations for tonight but much to their 
regret we were unable to take them. Comfortable quarters were 
found for them, however, at the Graycroft Cabins nearby and 
they were somewhat consoled by having dinner with us. Mr. Hobbs, 
who has been here many times in the past and whom we haven't seen 
lor several years, came with Hits Lynch. They both looked a 
little saddened by the death of Miss Lynch* s sister who used to 
come with them and keep them laughing all through dinner. 

And last, but not least, just before he went into 
dinner, with Mrs. Purdy and two friends, we ?i.earned that this 
was Mr. Purdy 's birthday. In great haste a cake was decorated 
with many candles and white cosmos from the garden and brought 
to the Porch where Mr. Purdy was sitting. re were many 
people at nearby tables so the "Happy Birthday" song was rather 
subdued but heartfelt none the less. 



Week of August 31, 1947 - September 6, 1947 


Thursday, Sept. 4, 1947 ...sasant 

lesterday Mr. and Mrs. Addison Pratt of N 8 w lork stopped 
for luncheon on their- way to Slarblehead. Mrs, Pratt is President 
of the New fork branch of Farm and Garden and tried unsuccessfully 
to get in touch v.ith Mr:. Paul Burrage in Weston. Mr:;- 3urra 
we learned later, waa spending the day in Boston. 

A newspaper clipping has been sent in which describes - 
work of a news-photographer named Leslie Jonen. He has be&ii taking 
news pictures for over thirty years and says that his favorite | 
ture is the one of Mr. Ford, Mr. Edison, Mr. Firestone and Calvin 
Coolidge, signing the old Cooiidge Sap bucket. It's just another 
picture, he says, but he likes it. 

Friday, Sept. % f 1947 Pleasant 

A gentleman rushed into the Bar room recently yaving 
some bills in his hand and a meal check. "Dear me I" he tOEC&aiac 
B I felt so much at home here, I went ten miles before I cix ed 
this unpaid meal check in my pocket! R Then he added that he was 
really very glad to return because it had afforded him the oppor- 
tunity of seeing the Grist MiU which he had missed the first tame. 

Guests" It was so quiet here last night, I thought the 
World had stopped." 

Friend: "It venld be a mighty good thing if some of 
it woul,d stop!" 

Collecting postal cards is the hobby of a ye- dy 
from California who stopped here the other day and added a c 
more to her collection. She arranges the* in albuns according to 
state and country. 

Week of August 31, 1947 - September 6, 1947 


Saturday, September 6, 1947 Partly cloudy 

Two weddings today. The first was that of Miss June 
Shattuck ^hich took place at two o'clock this ai MB followed 
by a reception in the small 3all room. It i&ve fe Had 
a Gladioli wedding for dozens of E glads" were U3edj all white in 
the Chapel and those of pastel shades in the Bali room. aaall 
vases of then vera placed on the Buffet table while large bouqi. 
decorated the mantles, piano and corners of the room. The bride 
dashed away in a soft green suit with a corsage of well, gue 
White gladioli. 

The second wedding was more elaborate with more people 
in attendance. About one hundred and twenty-five gaet led 

at the Chapel at four o'clock to witness the wedding of Miss E. A. 
Oisen and Kr. Robert Hollbrook Cushman. This wan followed by a 
reception in the large Ball room, where sandwiches, ice cream and 
coffee were served. This was supplemented by the bride's cake 
which was cut in the usual manner with the bride giving the groom 
the very first piece. Music was alao en jo;, -ride i 

groom obliged with a solo waltz danced to the tune of tt I lota you 
truly". They made their departure in the usual way too - under a 
shower of confetti!. 

Week of September 7-13, 1947 

Sunday, September 7, 194-7 Wars 

We neglected to mention Mr. Ford's friend, George Matthew 
Adams, who paid the Inn a visit yesterday morning on his annual 
excursion to Maine. He stopped with Mis. Adams at Breakfast tine 
and after fortifying himself with muffins and coffee for the journey 
ahead, he looked at the Legros etching of Longfellow which he pre- 
sented to Mr. Ford some years ago. He also spoke feelingly of 
Mr* Ford's passing and how much his friendship with Mr. ford had 
meant to him. 

The Longs, frequent Sunday dinner guests, have returned 
from a trip to Eastern Canada and today brought with them an illus- 
trated folder of the hotels, rivers and mountains they visited, "We 
didn't miss one of them", said Mr. Long with a twinkle in his eye. 
He is a jolly, good-natured business man and full c He got 
as much pleasure out of bringing the folder to us as we did in 
looking it over and imagining ourselves in Mr. Long's shoes, cruis- 
ing down the St. Lawrence* 

Monday, September 3, 1947 Cloudy 

Today's mail brought a letter from Mrc. Snov/ of Worcester. 
She had spent the evening here with Mrs. Jenks, who is an authority 
on antiques and was a hostess here at one time, and Mr. Jenks also 
interested in old tilings. They noticed the coverlet on the settle 
in the Bar room and wondered what tlie name of the pattern could be. 
It is a very old handwoven bedspread in. dark blue and white. Mr. 
Jenks proceeded to copy the intricate squares and circles for Mrs. 
Snow, who took the drawing home. She says in her letter, n I have 
found the coverlet pictured in the book "Historic Quilts'' by Florence 
Peto. Unfortunately, no name is given the pattern. It is called 
simply, "The Ida Stillweil Coverlet." The fallowing quotation is 
of interest* 

"Jacobus Voorhees married the young widow of Isaac Denysej 
his bride had been Ida Stillweil, bora 1766, in the English colony 
of Grave send, L. I. and it was she who wove the coverlet, blue - 
white, wool and flax, before her first marriage." 

Mrs. Snow concludes her letter by sayings "our study of 
the fabric was part of a very enjoyable evening at the Inn." 


Seek of September 7-13, 1947 

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Tuesday, September 9, 19-47 Sunny and Barm 

Coming out of the dining room, Harold, the bus driver, 
asked one of his passengers the time. This may not seem unusual, 
but the passenger was a young man from lion tana, who lost the sight 
of his eyes in the last war. However, without hesitating, he took 
out his Braille watch and gave the correct time. The driver told 
us that Mr. Larson is planning to attend Perkins Institute in 
rtown, Massachusetts and study piano tuning. 

We are always pleased to have couples who were married in 
the Chapel return. Tonight Mr. and Mrs. McSweeney, who were aarried 
here five years ago today, came for dinner. The waitress, wanting 
to do something a little different for them, arranged flowers around 
a piece of cake and served it with their dessert. 

Wednesday, September 10, 1947 Very Warm 

It was rather a shock today to be brought back from the 
past and the historic atmosphere of the Inn by a young couple t&o 
came in the front door with the sound of soft music. They were 
carrying a portable radio and went through the rooms pausing now 
and then to look at an antique or read an old letter to the sound 
of now this program and now that. 

The Gray Line is still coming with its two buses a day. 
We are told that when the sight-seeing season is over the buses 
go to different homes in the city and collect children who cant 
walk to the School for Crippled Children every day. The Gray Line 
folders and tickets are printed by the older boys at the school. 

The Western Electric Company Magazine may soon carry 
an article on the Y/ayside Inn. Some men were here recently taking 
pictures and getting information. One of the men, a Mr. 3ayley ; 
noticed the clock in the Barroom and said he thought he must be a 
descendant of the maker whose name is on the face of the clo 
It is spelled in an unusual way like his. Mr, Bayley said he knew 
Mr. V.. W. Taylor and used to take trips with him hunting antiques 
for Mr. Ford, 

Week of September 7-13, 1947 

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Thursday, September 11, 194-7 Warn 

A little before 3even o'clock this evening, Professor 
Schell arrired with a cheery "Hello i" as a starter for his annual 
laysider Meetings. He was followed \>y a man with projector and 
rolled up screen which meant that pictures were to be shown after 
dinner. Only ten sat at the long table in the old dining room 
but the number will increase with colder weather. This must be 
about the twentieth year for the Waysiders who, under Professor 
Shell's leadership, use the Inn once a month during the school 
year for a restful evening of good food and good talk. The 
talk is far above average and of course the food is too, but the 
talk is always informative and stimulating. Usually a distinquished 
guest is present who tells of bis life and work or one of the men 
within the circle will chat about his travels in distant parts. 
Anyway it is always interesting and we often wish we could be a 
fly on the pine sheathed wall of the Old Kitchen when the Waysiders 

Friday, September 12, 1947 Very wan* 

Picked u t o in passing 
Lena to Agnes* "Mrs Smith has a cracked plate 
and cannot eat her dinner." 

Agness "My g odness, change the plate right away." 
Lenas "^h, 1 meant her false teeth!" 

Visitor in the Old Kitchens This room is what I call 
a wonderful memory." 

Rev. Eason Cross: "Mien I saw the Martha-Mary Chapel 
lighted at night on the top of that little hill, it 
was like a beautiful out-door Altar. n 

Week of September 7 - 13, 1947 


Saturday, September 13, 1947 Very lam 

Only one wedding today? It was that of Miss Esther 
Perry from Marlboro and Kr. Harold W. Nearer. They if ere marri^ 
in the early evening with nearly two hundred relatives and 
friends present to witness tha ceremony. Many spoke of Idle 
beauty of the Chapel in the soft glow of candle light and later 
"coming down to earth", to use a phrase which is often applied 
to newly-weds, they spoke of the good sandwiches and coffee served 
at the Buffet supper. 

Several of the young people waited a long tiae at the 
front entrance of the Inn to bid the pair a fond farewell- 
Suddenly an usher appeared and casually announced that the bride 
and groom had left "a long tiae ago 5" 


Week of September 14 - 20, 1947, inclusive 
Sunday, September 14, 1947 Pleasant 

In the hustle and bustle of Sunday business, the real 
significance of this day of ■worship is apt to be overlooked. let 
what better opportunity for loving service to our fellow men than 
when this old Inn is filled with guests i Becently we talked with 
a guest on this very subject* She was Lora Marie Clint of Niagara 
Falls, New 2ork, who, one day when working in her garden , seemed 
to be divinely inspired to write a poem. Since then she has written 
a great many poems and many have been repeated on her special radio 
program for shut-ins. She tries to reach people who cannot reach a 
regular church service. Her poems and words of inspiration are 
designed to meet their spiritual need. She left a verse with us in 
her own handwriting which is good to remember not only on Sunday, 
but every day. Her it iss - 

The sunrise of tomorrow 
And the beauty it will bring 
Depends upon the afterglow 
Of this day* 3 coloring. 

Monday, September 15, 1947 Wmm 

Several Chinese have been noticed among our visitors 
recently and the other evening six young people came to dinner. 
Their reservation was under the name of Mr. Tai. They signed 
the register in their artistic, rery interesting but very 
unintellegible native handwriting. Although so far from home 
they seemed to be happy and carefree. 

The opening today of the General Assembly of the united 
Nations at Lake Success, N e v/ lark, brought a distinguished guest 
also from China. General Ho ling Chin in resplendant uniform 
with many decorations gigned our Special Register. After his n 
his aide wrote, Head of the Chinese Delegation to the Military 
Staff Committee under Security Council, i. N. 

Looking back through the pages of this book which has 
become almost priceless through the years we find one other Chinese 
signature under the date, January 1946 - Shuhsi Hsu, Advisor to she 
Chinese Foreign Office arid Vice Chairman of the Inspection Group, 

Week of September 14-20, 1947, inclusive 

Tuesday, September 16, 1947 Pleasant 

Massachusetts is well known for its schools and colleges 
and this week many are opening for the Fall term. This brings out- 
of-state parents to the Inn with their slightly bewildered offspring 
and the dining room is quite gay at meal time with bright sweaters 
and dashing neckties! The Welle sly freshman are seen with pale 
yellow "beanies" topping their fashinable hair-dos. 

Wednesday, September 17, 1947 Cool 

News of the hurricane which has just struck the Florida 
coast with millions of dollars worth of damage has filled our 
newspapers • The only effects here were extremely humid "hurricane 
weather" days for about a week. But last night the atmosphere 
cleared miraculously, the sun set in a blue and gold glory, and 
black trees began to stand out against one pale pink cloud as day- 
light faded. Then the tiny crescent moon appeared. 

Sir. Coulter brought in today the September issue of 
Woman's Day Magazine, the outside cover of v<hieh carries a lovely 
picture of the Martha-Mary Chapel. On the editorial page under 
the title. Cover Talk, appears the following paragraphs "Of the 
six Martha-Mary Chapels built hy Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford as a 
perpetual tribute to their mothers, Mary Ford and Martha Bryant, 
the chapel illustrated on this month's cover is considered the 
most dramatic. It is on the Wayside Inn estate at South Sudbury, 
Massachusetts, and is visible for miles to those who travel along 
the Boston Post Head." 

Thursday, September 18, 1947 rm 

Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Childs, who bear the name of the 
famous restaurant family, are here for two days and have told us 
about the inns which they own in Ne?? Jersey. One is located at 
Bernardsville and the other at Morris town. The Beraardsville inn 
is near an old mill and is called The Old Mill Inn, while the 
other is named The Old Mill Town House. Mr. Childs is a nephew 
of the restaurant pioneer. 

Week of September 14.-20, 1947, inclusive 

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Friday, September 19, 194-7 Rain and cooler 

A rainy day in Sudbury town, but the fires burned 
brightly at our "TSaysiae Inn" and a group of thirty- two ladies 
braved the storm in order to have luncheon at the Inn, 

Luncheon was served on the porch, which was appro- 
priately decorated with bright covered zinias and red salvia. 
A short business meeting was conducted, after which, the ladies 
enjoyed a guided tour through the Inn. The open fires and 
the rain against the window panes * all helped to lend enchant- 
ment and a richer atmosphere to our Inn, thus area ting a warm 
and friendly feeling among our guests. The result being that 
the ladies lingered on and on, chatted beside the fireside, 
and just enjoyed themselves to the fullest laeasure. 

Saturday, September 20, 1947 Chilly 

One of our recent guests came rushing up to a hostess 
eager to tell the nature of her visit to the Inn. Her name - 
Mrs. Elizabeth Shepard Hunt. She came from Elyria, Ohio, to 
make her first visit to the Wayside Inn which she heard about 
from her sister. 

"lou see £ BSrs. Hunt went on to tell, "we are "Howe 
descendants" and my sister did quite a bit of research on the 
Howe family. % sister was killed in an accident, but I am 
carrying on her work. 11 

Mrs. Hunt spent quite some time studying the Howe 
geneology from our library and visiting the various rooms la 

the Inn. 

Week of September 21st - 27th, 1947 

Sunday, September 21, 1947 Partly Cloudy 

A very pretty wedding luncheon was arranged in the large 
dining room at two o 1 clock this afternoon for a Miss valmos of 
Hudson. Thirty of her friends were seated at one long table which 
was decorated with not only one, but two wedding cake si Zbfl 
bride* s mother explained that one cake was to be cut, while the 
other was for "show*. Three low bowls of white giadiolii also 
gave a bridal touch to the table and several lighted tapers shed 
a warm glow over the happy couple. 

In the evening another party of twenty-eight were served 
dinner on the porch. This was a group from the I. W. C. A. in 
Worcester who call themselves the Co-wed Club. 

Monday, September 22, 1947 Rain 

When Mr. Muller, a house guest from New Jersey, was 
buying the book "Camera Impressions 8 by Samuel Chamberlain, he 
said "I know him -I'm an architect too. When I was traveling 
abroad some years ago, in almost every inn at which we stayed 
we would see a painting or a drawing done by Samuel Chamberlain 
They had been left as payment for a meal or a night's lodging. 
That was in the days when he was a student with no money.* Mr. 
Kuller also said, "Let me tell you that this is one of the two 
cleanest places I have ever been in all my travels. The other 
is a home in Chestnut Hill belonging to the Christian Science 
Church. ■ 

Quite often descendants of the Howe family come and 
ask to look at the Howe genealogy, sometimes a Longfellow 
descendant comes or an Ole Ball or a Thomas Parsons and today 
a young boy asked if we had any data about Prof. Treadwell. 
He was given Dr. van Schaick's book which he carried over to 
the settle and, seated there with his father and mother and 
sister, he proceeded to read aloud softly the whole chapter 
about the Theologian. They were all oblivious to other guests 
passing through the room and listened intently so as not to 
miss a word. In the register it was discovered that this 
Treadwell family came from Hew Bedford, Massachusetts. 



week of September 21st - 27th, 19-47 
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Tuesday, September 23, 194.7 Cold 

About thirty-five youngsters of 'teen age were on our 
doorstep early this morning to be shown the Ihn. They were from 
the Horace Hann School in fiewtonville \»der the guidance of a 
rather severe looking teacher* However, she kept her charges in 
perfect order and supplemented the hostess* talk with appropriate 
explanations and descriptions. *£ou see," she said "I was brought 
up as a child in old Deerf ield, Massachusetts^ so these things here 
are all very familiar to me". 

This afternoon a pleasant lady from Pawl Info Hew Eork, 
showed special interest in the Chapel and after asking a few 
questions, explained that the people of Pawling, including Governor 
Dewey and Lowell Thomas, want to restore their old meeting house 
Quaker Hill. It is about one hundred and fifty years old. Someone 
suggested that the restoration follow the same plan as our Sfartha- 
Mary building. The lady examined both exterior and interior. 
Later she will draw a mental picture of our Chapel for the Pawling 

Wednesday, September 24, 1947 Cold - Cloudy 

A clipping from the Sudbury Enterprise brought in today 
bears the heading* "Noted Persons are Guests at Wayside Inn" The 
article continues -"Since the opening of the 1947 season many 
notable persons have been guests at the Wayside Inn. From distant 
lands and from all parts of the United States travelers have conse 
to Sudbury to visit the famous hostelry, enjoy the hospitality - 
and recall the atmosphere of the Colonial days which is so splendid- 
ly preserved there." 

Mr. Loring Xoung of Eeston, once prominent in the political 
field, came for lunch. He was very familiar with the 3hn and has 
been here many times with Col. Nathaniel Bowditch when the selectmen 
of Middlesex County used to hold their meetings at the Inn. 

This evening a group of thirty-six teachers from North- 
bridge had dinner. Due to an early frost our flowers are conspicuous 
by their absence but enough salvia was found to decorate the tables 
for this party. The creaa colored blossoms of the hardy hydrangea 
made a pleasing contrast to the brilliant red salvia. 

Week of September 21-27, 1947 

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Thursday, September 25§ 194V Cloudy 

A jolly part? of sen dined in xhm old kitchen, this 
evening at a table which stretched the entire length, of the room. 
A cheery fire on the liearth brightened the dark pine panelling 
of tba room and added a festive note to what otherwise might 
have been a drab, business-like dinner* Mr. Williams, the host, 
made it a gay affair, however, and was anxious to display some 
genuine 8«i England hospitality to his Southern business associates,, 
This was the place to do it. His guests were loud in their praise 
of place and - shall we say, platter* Twenty-one thick, juicy 
steaks were served to twenty-one hungry men. 

Friday, September- 26, 1947 Clear and cold 

One of our overnight guests, namely Mrs. Dunicliffe, 
paused in the Bar Boom to inquire for the gardener, &r. Davieau. 
It seems Mrs* Dunicliffe visits the Inn at least once a year and 
always pTOPgptf Mr* Bavie&u teith a few of her choice flowers to be 
grown in the Inn garden. 

A dinner guest, pleased with his dinner and the hospital- 
ity of fcfea fray side Inn m . a hostess in conversation and told 
of an old home in Kingston, Massachusetts that he is restoring. 
"We call it the Hiilis House and Garden 11 and we specialize in. good 
home cooked food - served much in the same manner as your wayside Inn." 

Saturday, September 27, 1947 Pleasant 

Early morning and members of the Rice Family Reunion beg 
to arrive. Hqh family have held their reunions at the . ->r 
several years and this year about one hundred guests attended. 
Keetings were held in the large Ball Room both morning and afternoon, 
with a luncheon at noon served to them in the large Dining Room. 

Sliss Karjorie Damon from New Bedford, a frequent guest 
the Inn, brought fifteen for luncheon toaay. One table was set in 
the old Dining Room and the ladies enjoyed a Chicken Pie luncheon. 
After lunch the group enjoyed a guided tour through the Inn. 

Week of September 28 - October 4, 1947 

Sunday, September 28th, 1947 Pleasant 

A local boy, Travis Crowley, was married early this 
afternoon and wanted a wedding dinner served at the Inn following 
the ceremony. Twenty— seven sat at one long table in the large 
dining room. Miss MaeKechnie plucked a few white flowers which 
Jack Frost had left in the old garden, and arranged them in the 
center of the table. There was nothing of special interest about 
the partgr except that a wedding is always special. Sudbury people 
made it even more so. 

Monday, September 29th, 1947 Clear and Cool 

It would have delighted Revolutionary soldiers to see 
the Hessian andirons today covered with soot. Our chimneys were 
being cleaned and a canvas curtain had been hung over the fireplace 
to keep the dust from getting into the room but the poor little 
Hessians had to take it. This was an interesting process to watch. 
Two men on the roof drop a chain down the chimney, swaying it back 
and forth until the soot is knocked off. lir. Coulter was stationed 
at the bar room fireplace trying to direct the men from below. As 
there are four flues in this great chimney it was difficult to 
strike the right one and directions had to t>e shouted back and forth. 
By the light of a burning paper the right flue was finally found. 
Mr. Coulter withdrew his head from the depths of the fireplace vdth 
the remark "I&'s like trying to talk to Marsl" 

Tuesday, September 30th, 1947 Pleasant 

A week ago today two elderly women stopped for lunch and 
told of their trip across the country from California. They were 
retired school teachers and their means of conveyance, an old Ford. 
At least they called it •old 1 '. It was a 1939 model. They were 
thrilled that the Ford had served them so well in bringing them to 
this historic spot. "$e hope it will carry us back to California 
again" they said. 

A guest from Arkansas with wide brimmed hat, reminding 
us of the proverbial Arkansas traveller, asked if we had an "honor" 
box here. When we answered in the negative, he said that he had 
seen one at Williamsburg. Travellers used to drop a penny into 
the box and take out a pipe full of tobacco, being honor bound 
not to take more than one pipe full I 



Week of September 28 - October 4, 1947 

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Wednesday, October 1st, 1947 Clear and Cool 

A postal from Miss Swanson has been received showing 
the picture of an Alaskan Glacier, She was a hostess here for a 
few months this summer and left us in order to prepare for a 
year's stay in Juneau where she is teaching school. She says 
the town is^booming" and her trip out was most delightful, about 
seven days by train and three by boat. 

Almost every Saturday night for years, Mr. and Mrs. £• 
Jones of Newton have been coming to dinner. Arriving at seven 
o'clock on the dot they would leave promptly at eight-thirty, just 
long enough for »r. Jones to smoke his after dinner cigar. The 
news of his death at the age of eighty-three has just come to us 
and we are going to miss him and his punctual ways. 

Mrs. Dixon, a Eed Cross worker, has come to spend a 
few day3 with us while she lectures in nearby tovms. She lived 
in Newburyport as a young girl and went to the same school as 
John Maiquand, the author. As a boy he was very tall said lanky- 
She remembers seeing him loping across the fields so as not to 
be late for school. Having had no breakfast a kindly neighbor 
took pity on him and would hand him a cup custard and a spoon 
to eat it with as he ran by her house* 

Thursday, October 2nd, 1947 Cloudy 

Several guests of late have inquired for Mr. and Mrs. 
Lemon and have spoken of them fondly. Of course the Lemons 
were herein the Gibson girl days and in the days when a bicycle 
was the fashionable means of getting anywhere. Mr. Lemon, a 
guest told us today, was pleased to find the Inn listed with the 
American Wheelman's Association a club which made up tours and 
routes for bicycle enthusiasts. They published a book which 
showed the Inn on three different wheel routes. According to 
our guest, Mr. Lemon was overjoyed to have such recognition. 
The guest's name was Herbert M. Wood and he worked eighteen 
years for Mr. S. Herbert Howe^the landlord of the Inn, just 
previous to M r . Lemon. 

Week of September 28 - October 4, 1947 
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Friday, October 3rd, 1947 Pleasant 

At noon thirty-eight ladies from Worcester partook of 
a Chicken Fricassee luncheon served on the Porch. 

A short business meeting was conducted at the tables 
after lunch, each table being appropriately decorated with fall 
flowers and berries. 

Among recent guests at the Inn were Mr. Alfred De Inlio, 
from Nome, Italy, the three Carevs sisters from St. John's, Nt 
foundland and a Mrs. Hollic Watson who registered from Artesia, 
New Mexico. 

Saturday, October 4th, 1947 rm 

We have been enjoying a wonderfully warm "Indian Summer'-' 
for the past few days, thus increasing the flow of week-end 
travelers. Although most of the sight-seeing buses have concluded 
their summer tours through New Ehgland, the Gray Line Tours con- 
tinue to bring a few late travelers each day. 

Today, a group of forty ladies traveled by bus from 
Providence, Rhode Island in order to have luncheon at the Inn. 
After luncheon which was served in the Old Dining Room, the 
group enjoyed a tour through the Inn and a visit to the Grist Mill 
and the Mary Lamb School. 

Week of October f?tfa-llth, 1947 

Sunday, October 5 9 1947 Pleasant 

One of our girls was married this afternoon in the 
Martha Mary Cliapel. She was Ann Bradshaw of South Sudbury 
whose father owns the general store and is toees the country 
side over. Ann attended both our Mary Lasb and Southwest 
Schools and later served in the Inn as a hostess* & a /oes 
not have "red" hair, but it is a lovely shade of auburn and 
as e. bride she was unusually beautiful in her white satin go- 
veil belonged to her paternal grandmother and tea of exquisite 
lace. The groom is al3o a Sudbury resident and they plan to 
reside here after a trip to liiliajssburg, Virginia. Fortunate 
they have found a small house. The Martha-Mary Chapel was filled 
with relatives and friends for the four o'clock ceremony after 
which the guests were invited to a reception at the Bradshaw home. 
Both Miss Fisher and Miss Staples were among the fortunate g fri . 

Monday, October 6, 1947 Very warm 

The greens of the summer foliage seem to have turned 
over night into the reds and yellows of autumn. A guest asked 
us if we had placed one particularly lovely rmple tree in our 
field especially for the enjoyment of our guests. The setting 
was perfect and each leaf wa3 about the same even shade of a 
gorgeous red. 

The ^angs, who are staying a few days, spoke with 
regret about the rustic bench which used to be across the road 
by the barn. When they eame here on their honeymoon & few 
years ago they had carved their initials on it. 

Prof, and &rs« Kraatx, formerly of Csekoclovaki-:.., 
to lunch with some friends who told us that they were refugees 
and had both spent several years in concentration camps. Mr-. 
Kraatz said with a sad smile "I am so happy to be in your 
beautiful country." 

Mr. Israel Sack, who is responsible for the pur-chase 
of so many of our finest antiques, came to lunch with a gentle- 
man and his wife from Texas, he took great delight in showing 
his friends around and pointing out his favorites and telling 
the history of each piece. 

Week of October 5th-llth, 1947 
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Thursday, October 9, 194-7 Pleasant 

Our rao3t distinquished dinner guest this evening 
was not really a. dinner guest because he didn't eat a . aner - 
and he didn*t even sit at the dinner table. But he came at 

, dinner time with three hungry people.:, thaj happened to 
be a very young father and mother and grandmother. Oaarth 
member of the party, who slept all through t triad, 
was a three weeks old son. There was a bit of doubt expressed 
and one or two anxious moments v?hen the question aros I 
>.hat to do with baby. The problem was solved by putting the 
n&x< arrival on a comfortable sofa in a private room. Banked 
with pillows and a soft blue satin blanket he slept soundly. 
Once in awhile there was a tiny murmur which alarmed the young 
mother. She would rush in, take a look, then rush back to 
the dinner table. But all ended wall. Three hungry people 
were satisfied and baby was given something to remember ail bis lift 

Friday, October 10, 1947 Fair and Bam 

A frequent guest, Mrs. he Sourd, held an 0]_a Kite!-. 
Dinner party this evening for seven guests. Sprays of color fid. 
bittersweet adorned tha table. This was further enhanced by 
candlelight and a cheerful fire which burned brightly on the 
hoarth. Dr. Gross, our neighbor who lives in the Italian 
villa on the hill, entertained guests at dinner this eveiiin 
A Dr. Bennett, on his way back to Pennsylvania, paused in tfc 
Bar Boom and explained that he travels through Massachusetts 
once a year and never fails to visit the Wayside Inn. 

Saturday, October 11, 194? Pleasant 

A gentleman stepped up to the Bar. and gav* his 
name as &r. nowe« The hostess replied "That is a familiar 
name to us here at the Inn. M "Xes," the g- an said "and 
I also notice you have a picture of Ole Bull in tha Parlor 
across the hall. l,n Iou know", he went in, *t 
officer of my class at the university of Wisconsin was Storm 
Bull, Ole Bull's brother. » 

An elderly woman approached a hostess and exclaimed 
*Iou know the first piece of furniture that 1 purchased after 
my wedding, I bought here at the Wayside Inn from Mr. ^emon 
thirty years ago." 

Week of October 12 - 18, 1947, inclusive 

Sunday, October 12, 1947 Pleasant 

The combination of a long holiday week-end and warm 
sunny weather has lured many to the open road, there the foliage 
in its' Auttmn brilliance and beauty is claiming and rightfully 
much admiration. Hardly a person came into the Inn today with- 
out speaking of the ideal weather and the golden shaded leaves. 
Some are golden, but there are copper colored ones too and 
plenty comparable to the rich lustre of bronze. But this was 
not supposed to be a discourse on charms of the Fall season. It 
was meant to be a report of a birthday party! Four dinner guests 
from Lowell, Massachusetts honored one of their number this even- 
ing by presenting him, during the dessert course, with a Birthday 
cake. The cake was not particularly unusual except that it was 
made in our own kitchen and decorated, not with Autumn leaves, 
but with pink roses, turned out daintily and skillfully by "Tiny" 
tiie chef* 

Monday, October 13, 1947 Warm 

After yesterday, with its five hundred dinners served 

not quite so many guests were expected today although it is a 

holiday. We were almost reaching that number, however, when 

darkness was approaching and people were more interested in 
getting home than eating. 

A friendly rival has sprung up in the Country Store, 
we find fir. Swanson is carrying it on in the traditional manner 
originated by Mr. Ford. People are always delighted to hear 
that it is open again and business is flourishing there. 

It seems we have another friendly rival in the Steam's 
Saw Mjji on l>utton Road which sometimes grinds corn and which, 
according to a recent article in the Sunday Herald, is still 
running profitably efter 270 years. The same water from Hop 
Book which runs our Grist Mill turns the wheel for the Saw Bill 
which, the owner says will take orders for anything made out of 
wood. All of the original lumoer for the VJayside Inn was cut 
at this mill. Mr, Ford has been to see it many times and talked 
to Mr. Stearns by the edge of the old mill pond. 


leek of October 12-18, 1947 incl. 
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Tuesday, October U» 1947 ««r* 

Going back to 1933 or thereabouts, one fir. Harry Lang, 
came from Hew Xork to spend Thanksgiving at the Inn. Sitting 
on the Bar-room settle, he chanced to talk with another guest 
from Worcester. Sometime later, the Worcester friend introduced 
Mr. Lang to his present wife. Since then the Langs have made at 
least one pilgrimage per year to the Inn. This year's visit has 
just ended - "with genuine regret" to quote from Mr. Lang's note 
received this morning. Enclosed was a lovely verse which "oozed 
from my finger tips during my visit to Wayside". This is it: 

"As the autumn sun at Wayside 
Settled Slowly o'er the hills 
And fairy colored foliage waved 
It's ?«and of magic thrills 
With zephered breaths of scented woods 
Aplaying on our wills 
The turaoiled world seemed far away 
Serenity lured us to stay 
At mellowed Wayside Inn." 

Harry Lang 
October 5th, 1947 

Wednesday, October 15, 1947 Very warm 

The weather continues to be unseasonably warm and the 
drought is serious in some parts of New England. This is very 
good for business, however, as people are still travelling around, 

This evening a rather unusual event took place in the 
Chapel. Miss Spearin, who is to be married there on Sunday, 
was baptized in a very simple and informal ceremony attended by 
members of her wedding party who had come for the rehearsal. 
Rev. Crooke, the minister, with the aid of one of the pewter 
porringers from the Inn, used as the baptismal font* gave 
dignity to the occasion and made it impressive. 

After the rehearsal the guests came back to the Inn 
where sandwiches and coffee were served in the old kitchen. 
Miss Spearin eepecially asked to have Marian Hawkins, one of the 
waitresses, to wait on the party. They had worked in the same 
office at one time. 

Week of October 12 - 18, 1947, inclusive 

Thursday, Oct. 16, 19^7 Warm 

Current chat 

Two young ladies arriving for dinner the other evening, 
paused in the Bar room to look «FOM»ri« "Isn't this a howl?" asked 
one to the other. "ies, it certainly is a sketch" m the up-to- 
date reply. 

A vex'y> very young lady from Rochester, New £o;. a 
recent luncheon guest with her Grandmother end Uncle. She was 
chatty. * I have a live cat and a live dog and do you want to 
know the cat's name?* she asked the hostess. ffb«B the hostess 
said "Yftiy yes, of ouatwm* kbt young miss answered, "Gismo". ¥»hen 
asked how one would spell Gisroo, our- little five year old replied, 
"Oh, you 3pell it the same as cati" Uncle heamed and explained 
that .is niece*always has an answer! " 

Friday, October 17, 194-7 . rs 

Today's Guests 

A luncheon guest, namely, Miss Matur explained this 
was her eighth visit to the Inn this suimaer. Miss Matur takes 
cash at the Bunker Hill Monument. The fee being ten cents per 
person. Our guest seemed pleased to see the picure of the 
"Burning of Charles town* which hangs in the Bar Room of the Inn. 

A tall blonde gentleman, equipped with movie camera 
and overnight case, came to the Inn today and announced himself 
as Forrest Allgeier, from Sacramento, California. Our guest 
started from California four months ago on a tour of the United 
States and a visit to the many friends that he made during his 
war days. Mr. Allgeier spent one day here at the Inn, and 
told us he enjoyed this part of the country laore than any place 
on his trip thus far. 

Week of October 12 - 13, 1947, inclusive 

Saturday, October 18, 19-47 Pleasant 

It would be quite some task to keep in touch with 
every boy who attended the Wayside Inn Boys School but every 
now and then a boy will come in to see us or write us a Itter. 
This time it was a letter sent by Phillip Morgan, now living 
in Penacook, 1*1 Hampshire. The letter came in the form of 
a request. Namely, Mr. Henry Ford's Old-fashioned Dancing Be 
It seems that Philip misses everyone at the Inn. Mr. Haynes, 
the dancing instructor and especially the Friday evening dancing 
class. However, he finds **ew Hampshire a pleasant place to 
live and enjoys going to school with girls for a change. 

the misjm urn 

Week of October 19th - 25th, 1947, inclusive 

Sunday, October 19 # 194-7 Pleasant 

Our old friend Lawrence Darae appeared this afternoon 
in the thick of the Sunday crowd and threw a kind of bomb-shell 
into the quiet peacefulness of this old Inn, At least he made 
a lot of noise and attracted the crcsrd to the front door where 
he had parked a 1914 **odel T touring earl The crowd gathered 
around it, admiring its old brass fittings, examining its 
tires and passing such remarks as ♦'Isn't it a scream! n In the 
meantime, Mr. £ame, who sports a dark brown moustache befitting 
the period of his automobile, walked calmly from the door to 
the car with Miss Fisher and Miss Staples following. Ail three 
climbed - and they actually climbed - up to the leather cushio. 
3eats. The crowd cheered and the car juggled. It chugged, 
chugged down the road. The pace was about twenty miles per 
hour. At the Country Store, Mr. Dame stopped to buy some penny 
candy, then turned around. Miss Fisher and Miss Staples were 
practically "blown to pieces" but felt that the 1914 era was 
qmifce gay! 

Monday, October 20, 1947 Warm 

Among our luncheon guests today were E©v. and Mrs. 
Knight of Framingham. A year or so ago they spent the night 
here to escape their many well-wishers at home. It was Mr. 
Knight's 75th birthday. Today, another anniversary, they 
were stealing away again and seemed like two children let out 
of school. Mr, Knight writes books and articles for newspapers 
in addition to his ministerial duties and is confined to his 
desk a great deal of time so this was a real lark for them both. 
They went for a walk after lunch and later in the day, Mrs. 
Knight, alone for the moment, was asked to help herself from 
a box of chocolate peppermint patties y when she took just one 
and was urged to take another for Mr. Knight, she said, B 0h, no, 
one is enough. 1*11 give Mr. Knight half of it. We share 
everything J" 

Week of October 19th - 25th, 1947, inclusive 

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Tuesday, October 21, 1947 Pleasant 

livery Tuesday afternoon beginning today and continuing 
for the next six Tuesdays, we are to entertain, with a guided 
tour of the Inn, about twenty-five men who are representatives 
of the Paul Revere Insurance Company. Many are from distant 
places and come to Worcester once a year for a special course of 
lectures at the home office. Today they were enthusiastic, 
several saying "I wish I could come back end bring my wile with isai" 

Early this morning, seventy-five students irom South 
Lancaster Academy under the leadership of Professor Kellogg, stopped 
at the Inn for a brief visit on their way to Concord, Lexington 
and other historic places. 

Wednesday, October 22, 1947 Harm 

Our lovely Indian summer has turned into a serious 
drought and fire iaanaee besides. The last rain of any consequence 
was on September 22nd. Serious fires have started in Maine and 
high winds and dry leaves on the ground add to the danger. 

A lady called up to make a reservation for afternoon tea 
saying she was bringing an English War Bride who was getting a little 
homesick. Miss Goodard was the lady's name and she asked to have 
her tea promptly at three o'clock and to please have a high chair 
for the baby. When they arrived, Miss Goodard, a pleasant faced 
lady with white hair, was carrying the baby. His mother looked 
tired and asked if we didn't have a pu3h cart to wheel her heavy 
baby while she went through the rooms. Miss Goddard solved the 
difficulty by holding the baby in her lap. The cradle in the 
Washington Bedroom was refused for fear the baby would cry at being 
left alone. The English girl looked quite happy and refreshed 
after tea and said, "That is the first open lire I have sees since 
I caise to this countr two years ago J" 

Week of October 19th - 25th, inclusive 
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Thursday, October 23, 1947 Pleasant 

Sore poetic inspiration has come from the pea of 
Daniel J. 0* Connor of Scbaectady, N©w Xork, who was a recent 
overnight guest. During the evening Mr. O'Connor sat in front 
of the open fire In pensive mood. The next morning as a part- 
ing gift he presented us with the following lines: 

"Vlhen all the world is filled with strife 
I long to live another life 
For one brief day, where famous men 
Found much to guide a gifted pen. 

The cares * know are briefly lost 
Ao years untold are quickly crossed 
To yesterdays, where one may spin 

A day dream 
At the Wayside Inn* 

Daniel J. O'Connor 

Friday, October 24, 1947 Warm 

A man stepped up to the Bar and remarked to the hostess 
"I just have to tell someone this little story each time I come 
here." R ¥ou see, my name is Howe ana the first time my wife and 
I visited your Inn we were greeted at the door by a young hostess, 
who asked if this was our first visit to the Inn. n Zes," ansvered 
my v-ife and my husband is a descendant of the "Squire*. The 
startled hostess straightened up her back and said "But madam, the 
Squire never married." 

Saturday, October 25, 1947 Pleasant 

The Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Federation of 
Planning Boards was held at the Inn today. r day's program 
began in the large Ball Room at 11:00 A.M. with an open forum 
meeting for general discussion of planning board problems. Prof. 
Frederick J. Adams and Arther G. Comey served as a panel to assist 
in answering questions. 

Week of October 19th - 25th, inclusive 

Saturday, October 24-, 19-47 (continued) 

Registration took place at twelve o'clock, followed 
by luncheon for one hundred guests in the large Dining Room. 

Following the luncheon, our guests adjourned to the 
Ball Room again, »here they neard Prof. G. Holmes Perkins froa 
the School of Design at Harvard University, speak on "Planning 
Progress here end abroad 1 * 

Other topics for the afternoon included highways 
and Traffic" "State Planning "and "Municipal Finance." 1 

Week of October 26 - Sovember 1, 1947 

Sunday, October 26, 1947 

It was with real regret that we bid good-bye to 
Mrs. Ford, Its. Planttff and Mrs. Thompson about noon time 
today. Their visit reminded us of the fact that it was 
twenty-four years ago when Mr. and Mrs* Ford first cajae to 
the Inn and that next year will be the twenty-fifth 

This Sunday was a relatively quiet one* Many are 
not venturing out on the highway due to the numerous forest 
fires and several roads have been officially closed to the 

The old Country Store , being run now by Mr. Svanson, 
is a very busy place on Sunday afternoon. According to Mr. 
Swanson one can hardly move around the large soon with its 
center stove between three and five- o'clock. Stow in g an& 
old time candy are the most popular items. 

Monday s October 27* 1947 fen 

Hie drought continues. President Tnmm. baa declared 
the state of Maine to be a Disaster Area due to the forest 
fires which have been burning now for four or five days. M~ 
chusetts also has had many fires but these, at the mcmf. 
are under control, the fire haaard i& extreme, however, and 
everyone is urged to be most careful. Eain, our only hope, is 
not predicted for several days. 

At one o* clock a group of fifty-five ladies had 
luncheon. They were the wives of Attorney Generals, who are 
having a convention in B ston. The ladies came fro.a all over 
the country and seemed delighted with the Inn. Several, who 
were born in Hew fijgland^spoke of their former hones with 
affection and many of the antiques were familiar to them. 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles were luncheon guests also. M :■: . 
Charles, who has been very ill, was allowed to drive today for 
the first time and he chose to come to the Inn. They were 
given their usual table on the porch. The Inn appeals to Mr. 
Charles * artistic sense and he is a painter of . note. 

the wayside ims 

leek of October 26 - November 1, 1947 

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Tuesday, October 28, 1947 *arm 

geservations are coming in thick and fast, for 
thanksgiving Dinner* People telephone , and they write asking 
for tables which seat from two to fifteen guests* they 
specify the number and the time they wish to be served, then 
we take the name and address. In a letter received today 
from Mr. Albert S. Partridge, he expresses sentimental reasons 
for eating his turkey dinner here. 

■It may be of passing interest that I still 
have pleasant memories of my first dinner 
at the Inn in !&??• A dosen young men 
from Newton rode up on bicycles and a woman 
in the neighborhood had prepared the meal in 
her home, brought it to the Inn and fcerved it 
in the small room off the Bar»* 

Albert 8. Partridge 
152 Oakleigh Road 
Hewton, Mass, 

Wednesday, October 29» 1947 Rain 

How welcome the rain is today! It is the first 
we have had for many weeks and it i: :ng a stop to the 
forest fires to the great relief of all Mew England. 

We were very glad to welcome again Mr. sal Mrs. 
Hamilton who arrived this morning at about nine o'clock. 
For their sake we hope the rain will not last too long. 

this evening photographs were taken of Bishop 
Hall in informal poses in the parlor. An article about 
him is to appear in next Sunday's Globe, We knew Rev. Kail 
whan he was minister of the Episcopal Church in Bedford and 
now at the age of thirty-five he has just been made Bishop 
of the church in Hew Hampshire where he has been living for 
about two year 3. He and Mrs. Hall have been spending a 
few day3 of relaxation here before the Bishop takes up his 
new responsibilities. 

Other house guests were Mr. and Mrs. Anderson, 
who registered from New lork City. We were told that they 
had a house in Bar Harbor, Maine, which had not been des- 
troyed in the fire. Zhe Andersons were on their way to 



Week of October 26 - November 1, 1247 

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Maine in order to open their house for the people who were 
made hcaeless by the fire which destroyed half the 

Thursday* October 30, 1947 Sain 

fhe rain is a welcome sight indeed and all day 
lor.g it has pattered on the windo* panes and dripped from 
the eaves* Ve can hear it as «f> write this in the cozy 
warmth of the ttar room where & fire burns leisurely on the 
hearth and where our guests are reeding or writing.. It 
might be a day in mid-winter as far as the guests are 
concerned, for not many hare been out and around today* 
Only a few stopped for luncheon or dinner* fhe overnight 
rooms are filled however, Mr. &nd Mrs. Hamilton are still 
here from Dearborn and Mr. and Mrs, Place, who are trans- 
forming an old foam into a house in Hasten, are spending 
their non-working hours in the Treadwell room. Also 
staying overnight are *r. and Mrs. R* ?/« Gould from Salem, 
Mass. and Hiss Rose Doyle, the matron of an Episcopal Home 
near Rochester, New Xork, 

Friday, October 31, 1947 ?ery cold 

The Mary Laab School children met at the Inu today 
for the first dancing class of the season, with Mies Fisher 
at the piano and Mr, H&ynes conducting the various dances « 

This was a new experience for the first graders, 
so for their first lesson they watched the older children 
and at the conclusion of the lesson learned to do a grand 
right and lef t» 

this being Halloween, dinner guests this evening 
enjoyed the traditional cider and doughnuts, as well as & 
novelty salad in the form of a "Raggertv Ann" doll, made 
with a slice of apple, dotted ■ aisj&s for a face, and 
a shredded carrot for a top-knot. 


Week of October 26 - November 1, 1947 

Saturday, November 1, 194/' Cloudy and Cold 

1 news item concerning our frequent guest, Mrs* 
Enrico Caruso, came to our attention todaA •. It reads as 

*lfr8. Ihrieo Caruso and Miss Margaret Anderson 
have motored over to Sew Xork in order to be present at a 
ceremony, when a bust and a portrait of Ihrieo Caruso will 
be placed at the Metropolitan Opera House* Mrs* Caruso 
will be present because of a special request by Sirs, August 
Belmont, ^resident of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, who 
when inviting her to the ceremony, stated that it made the 
Guild members very happy to have these souvenirs of the 
Great Tenor.* 

Week of November 2-8, 1947, inclusive 

Sunday* November 2, 1%7 Pleasant 

fhis beautiful day with the weather more nearly normal, 
crisp and cool, brought the usual Sunday crowds and many of our 
usual Sunday dinner guests. The iiawleys were at their table in 
the large dining room with faithful Lena as waitress* fir. and 
Mrs* Littleton were seated in the old dining room, Mrs* Littleton 
looking v&ry smart in a suit and hat which gave her decidedly 
that much discussed "new" look* Br, and Mrs. Bell from talthaa, 
other regular Sunday guests, brought their two red-headed 
grandsons for a table on the porch* The grandsons have known 
the Inn since they were babies and now, being around ten years 
old, practically take possession of the Inn whenever they come. 
without any ceremony whatsoever, they hurry in to sit at their 
accustomed table. On the way out, they pause to look at the 
"Funnies" in the Sunday paper, then run down the path. Mr, and 
Mrs* Wilcox, while comparatively recent additions to our Sunday 
list, are making a firm place for themselves not oaly in the 
dining room but in our hearts as well. Sunday would not be 
tiie same without them, or the Bells, or the Littletons o£-the 

Monday, November 3, 1947 GoM 

This morning a sparkling white frost covered the 
lawns and fields near the Inn. lellow dandelions, however, 
are still blooming by the roadsides and seven wild gease have 
been seen in the early mornings, they eat the green grass which 
has sprung up in the ploughed meadow by the Inn. fhis grass 
attracted several deer last year and we are hoping they will 
come again. Mr. Estabrook saw one sail over two stone walls 
by the Gate Bouse one night. The deer was being chased by two 
dogs but he easily outran them. 

Many ducks are to be seen on the Lab Pond and the 
geese too, spend the day there. Perhaps they will stay all 
winter this year, in which case, according to the weather 
prophets, we shall have a mild winter. Screens have been 
removed from all the windows and so the fly season is over. 
But flies have been so scarce lately that if one does happen 
to appear it upsets the whole household until he is caught. 


Week, of Hoveaber 2-8, 1947* inclusive 
Tuesday, flbveaber 4, 1947 PartO^ Cloudy 

Just a year ago, Professor Irwin Schell, who is the 
leader of the Haysiders group, gave a dinner to baser the 
birthday of John fU Kaeomher, Mr, Macomber is not an official 
Waysider, bat he lives near the Ian and is an old frieze of the 
Schells, taai#it he had another birthday and Prof esse .11 
was again the host, this time to a group of friends numbering 
thirtywfcwo* The dinner was serred on the porch, but the great- 
er part of the craning was spent in the Old Kitchen, Professor 
Sehell's favorite spot, Shere a fire burned oa the hear-"'. 
hi^aly polished apples in an old wooden bowl added a eoun'. 
flavor to the occasion, Mr, MacoBbex is not unused to the 
country however, for his •ftaceland* estate in Framiughan Centre 
is noted for ite beautiful rural setting, the Schells and 
Macoabers met many years ago when both were taking a trip 

Wednesday, November $ 9 1$47 Cloudy 

Mrs. Calvin Smith, the mother-in-law of our neighbor 
as Post Road, had luncheon today with seven other la . , 
Afterwards the party adjourned to the younger Mrs. Calvin Saith* 
attractive little house to play cards, 

A group of about thirty ladles from Somerviile also 
case for lunch, They case on a bus and spent the iay« Ait,-. 
luncheon soae sat in the bar room chatting by the fire while 
the more hardy ones walked to the Mill although the weatlier 
had turned cold and blustery. Ihen darkness approached ^ir 
seemed loath to go. 

In the evening, Mr* Cameron of Arlington entertained 
a group of teachers in the Old Kitchen, The gaest of honor was 
retiring at the age of seventy after having taught Fourth Grade 
for fifty years. Tonight, it being her birthday as well, 
•Happy 3irthday B was sung with gusto, followed by the second 
"How old are you? Hop old are you?* This aroused such laughter 
and merriment. It was far from being a sad occasion. 

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Friday , Kovember 7, 1947 Pleasant 

A petite young lady alxnit twelve years of age came 
for afternoon tea today and when leaving, paused to explain 
that her name was "Louisa Mae Alcott*. "Sou see," she went on 
to explain, "Louisa Alcott adopted Meg f e son j John Pratt," 
therefore John's wife was this little girl*s grandmother. 

A group of seven people paid a visit to the Inn today* 
Futher study of their signatures proved that seven national- 
ities were represented in this one group. 

They read as follows? 

"John Smart - Rotifunk, Sierra Leone, Africa 
Dr. Jacobs Alvara Albini, Ciudad Trijillo, Dominican Republic 
Richard A. Cirling, Washington, D. C. 
Percy Boland, Santa Cruz, Bolivia 
S. Ssaerecinew, Finland 
P. &. Chen, Shanghai, China 
Florence Bean, England* 

Saturday, November 8, 1947 Cold - Rainy 

A small wedding reception was held this noon in the Old 
Dining Room of the Inn. Luncheon was enjoyed tty tl$ group of ten 
people, after which the bride cut her wedding cake, which had been 
attractively placed in the center of the table. 

An Old Kitchen Dinner became the feature of this evening's 
activities, when a group of fifteen men, women and children traveled 
from Springfield, Massachusetts to enjoy the atmosphere of our Inn. 

Our guests partook of a Roast Beef dinner, after which 
they gathered around the open fire as one member of the party 
read "The Tales of a Wayside Inn." 

fm wmsibs inn 

Seek of November 9th - 15th, 1947 

Sunday, November 9» 194? Partly Glouder - Colder 

Not for a long time nave our guests stayed indoors as 
they did today. The weather was not such as to entice them for 
walks to the school house and Mill. Consequently the old chairs 
in the Bar room and Kitchen were drawn nearer to the fireplaces 
and guests chatted or read the Sunday papers in home-like fashion. 
A lot of the guests today were of the young set, coming from the 
college foot ball games. Harvard played Princeton and the famous 
prep schools of Andover and Exeter met in rivalry at Exeter » A 
woman in gay sports clothes and without hat, approached the 
hostess and enthusiastically recounted her visit to the Inn sev- 
eral years ago. " It's just as nice as 1 remember it* she said. 
At the end of the conversation she modestly added *Iou see, ay 
son is the leader of the -Princeton band and that afforded me an 
opportunity to come to Boston and to your Inn again «* 

Monday, November 10, 194? F&MUN 

An interesting family from Wilton, Connecticut spent 
the week-end with us and left this morning. They were Mr. and 
Mrs. KcNabb and Stephen and Sheila. Mr. llcNabb is a commercial 
artist in New Xork now but when he was a younger man painted a 
sural which was exhibited at the Chicago Fair. H© said there 
were 120 feet of canvas depicting the progress of the Chesapeake 
and Ohio Eailroad from the earliest times up to the present. 
Jhis required a great amount of research and Mr. McNabb knew 
history and was familiar with antiques. He wanted to have his 
children also become acquainted with the past and so brought 
thea to see the Ion. Stephen and his father took a walk 
before breakfast and cause back thrilled at having seen the wild 
geese over in the meadow. 

Mr. ft. McClelland Brady, formerly of Detroit, while 
waiting for luncheon today stood at the Bar writing a post care. 
He said, This is going to Charlie King. He helped Mr. Ford 
with his first car. He also found the little house where that 
car was built long ago in Detroit. Mr. Ford then had it moved 
brick by brick to Greenfield Village.* 



Week of November 9 - 15, 1947 

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Tuesday, November 11, 1947 Partly Cloudy 

A nan from toe Associated Press dashed in this morning 
to take some pictures - and he literally dashed. He set up 
tripod and picture- taking lamps in a jiffy, there was the usual 
flash and it was all over. He snapped the Old Kitchen, Bar room, 
Parlor, kafayette bedroom and Ball room. And speaking of 
pictures, another man dashed (and he dashed, too) in the front 
door on a recent day and without any preliminaries fairly shorn- 
• I hare just taken eight shots of it!" 

Wednesday, November 1£, 1947 Sain - Wind - Snow 

Only a few guests came today, due to a severe storm. 
By night, a good old— fashioned snowfall had covered voxmd 
and, clinging to every small twig, made fairyland out of the 
countryside. The quietness of the snow was a relief from the 
dashing rain of the morning and wind howling at ninety miles 
an hour (or so it seemed). It is early in the season for snow 
and the lilac bushes by the front door still have leaves. Their 
yellowish green made a lovely picture as the branches, heavy with 
snow, bent down across the Barroom windows. 

A party of ten ladies from Belmont did venture out, 
however. They had to make several detours on the way because 
gutters were flooded to the depth of three fret in some places. 

Mr. Pettigrew, a former employee and surveyor at one 
tirce of all the Inn property, came in from the storm to sit and 
chat by the fire. Be has just finished surveying a piece of 
land in Meedham. where a new radio station for YjHOH, is to be 
built. Mr. Pettigrew added two more to our list of reservations 
for Thanksgiving, 



Week of November 9 - 15, 194-7, Inclusive 
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Thursday, Hovaabar 13, 1947 Pleasant 

Wild geese are discriminating travellers too. Some 
Canadians chose the 3hn several weeks ago as their stopping 
place before journeying further south, they evidently spotted 
the bright green field near the Adam Howe house and have been 
putting in some vitamins for reserve energy to help- them in 
their long flight. We have expected any day to have them 
take off, not to return 'till Spring. But much to our 
surprise they v.-erw here as usual after yesterday's ■sinter- 
storm. Passers-by ten ing to admire the flock and our 
nature lovers, including Miss Fisher and Mr. Coulter, are 
keeping us informed as to their whereabouts. 

Friday, Hoveaber H> 1947 Cold 

The children from the Mary Lamb joyed 
their weekly dancing lesson this afternoon. ..reral 
Luncheon guests with small children also m ng 

the chilaren dance srid commented on the esxeellar er 
in which the Mary Lamb pupils carried out the various dances. 

Among MHt Dinner guests today came Mr„ and Mrs. 
Bowker and Mr. and Mrs. Eobiason, both couples coming from 
Worcester. Mr. Bowker, s usual Saturday night guest, changed 
his visit from Saturday to Friday night, because of the 
storm prediction. For the past few week3, Mr. robin son 
can be found most every night at the Inn and this evening 
both met and enjoyed dinner served to them in the Old Dining 
Room. After dinner, both adjourned to the Bar room for a 
chat, M r ^ Bowker carrying his favorite paper "The Christian 
Science Monitor" and Mr. Robinson well fortified with plenty 
of tobacco and his pet pipe, a very potent "corn cob" model, 
which he himself admits is a test to anyone's endurance. 

Week of SoYember f - 15, 1947, inclusive 

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Saturday > Hoveaber 1$, 1947 ffiftnty and Cool 

*Bhe McCarthy family, consisting «f Mr* and Mrs* 
McCarthy end two small children, spent the night at the Sm. 
A girl j age two and a boy age four, made up this happy family, 
fhe McCarthys took a brisk walk to the Ovist Mill before 
dinner and when returning the "Little Miss s in a red Pari*. 
hood appeared in the door and exclaimed "Well, here I am 
again! n 'ilie children were promptly tacked in bed while 
mother and dad ate dinner* Hot. a sound could be heard 
from either child, for they were well mannered, obedient 


Week of &oveaiber 16 - 2£., 1947 inclusive 
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Sunday, Hoveaber 16, 1947 Cloudy 

A unique event, la Sudbury took, place this morning 
when the first Retriever trials pfttr to be held in Mew England 
were run down near the Sudbury Several people cams up 
from ^ong island to tako charge and Dick Piper, well imown 
Sudbury, was the local host* The Long Island people i 
overnight hers, leaving their dogs 

off early this morning to start the trials. They were dressed 
in sheep-lined coats, knee breeches, high rubber boots 
the women) and all sorts of gay and sombre 

the fireplace, after breakfast, shey discussed the dogs, shackled 
duck3 and the impor&aa^ time element. - 

to E& opiiies which he aaici he would award the winner, 
a whistle and a leash. Sop as we write, *e picture the trained 
dogs starting off at the sound or the pil - >t f scurry to 
the water* twenty or thirty yards to retrieve 
and "like human beings* one of the men. explained - *9amt of I 
dogs are quickwhiie others trail beliinc,' 

Monday, November 17, 1947 Co 

k quiet oay preceding the holiday gave Miss MacKec; 
time to paint the containers which are to be the centre pieces 
for the tables on Thanks giving Day* are t . ed 
with greens from the woods nearby. Mr. • - nas been 

bringing in samples of moss for her approval. Mr-. Dinemore, who 
is working at the Country Store., nas told Kr. Rorstrom lie can 
pick anything he likes on the Binsmore land. 

Plans are being made for the planting of mo. 
in front of the Chapel. Mr. Abel Gutting of Sudbury is moving 
the trees which will probably bt t tss. 

Week of November 16th to 22nd,1947 inclusive. 

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Tuesday, November IS, 1947 Pleasant 

Br. «>ohn van Schoiek, one of the oldest and most b. 
of the Fraters and author of "Characters in Tales of a Wayside ) 
found shelter here last night from the crowded hotel3 of Hm tj 
Boston Is over-rim this week with shoe convention guests, so Dr. 
John explained that he was "driven" out here by force of circum- 
stances. We dont care what brought hia, we are only glad to see 
his tall, lanky figure pacing up and down the front walk or 
reclining in a corner of the settle. But it is pa, the tie tc see 
our friend groping for a chair or bending low to read a book. 
He is nearly blind. The Inn, every inch of it, .miliar 
however and Br. John knows his way around. He plodded ups&airs 
to the Ole Bull room, pockets stuffed with Macintosh apples ■ 
with a cherry "goodnight" announced that he would depart on an 
early bus without even a cup of coffee - only a "good old apple!" 

Wednesday, November 19* 1947 Pleasant 

Singing for the children has been started at the 
Redstone School. Many songs were sung* today appropriate for 
Thanksgiving but the favorite was the one about the turkey who 
was not looking forward to the holiday with any pleasure. The 
children made the "Gobble, gobble, gobble" at the mid of every 
verse sound very 3ad indeed. 

The well-known artist, Stevan Douhanos was a house 
guest last night. Yesterday he spent drawing a beautiful 
picture of the Chapel which he said would be carved out of 
wood later. He was a very friendly young man and modest in 
spite of his success. Mrs. Colby came oirer to see him as they 
have many mutual friends and much in common. Mr. Duhanos is 
coming back again to sketch, among other tilings, the South 
Sudbury Depots Mrs. Colby, by the way, said today that she 
would be very glad if we brought outstanding people who came to 
the Inn, to see her little house, le know they have a treat 
in store. The house is charming as well as its hostess. 

l&eek of November 16 - 22 T *e. 


Thursday, November 2D, 194? 

Israel Sach who provided many of the antiques' for the 
Inn iii 1923, is a dinner guest once in awhile, bringing friends 

o in ting with pride to some of his favorite pieces c : 
ture. His shop moved sometime ago from Boston to 5 Bast 57ti Street, 
New Xork and several antique experts have told us that Kr* Sach is 
still considered tops in his profession* Recently he men- to 
us the raagaaine "Antiques* which is an informative and euligiiteriing 
monthly publication and kindly offered to sesid it to the Ism tree of 
charge » Recently three copies came, the September, October and 
November issues*. Hostesses are imsy devouring information on such 
subjects as Sew England painting and the "Origin of U ..-.•" 

Friday, November 21, 1947 Sold 

A cold day in Sudbury town, thus a rather quiet as*/ at 
the Inru However , a few people braved th© wintry blasts to 
have dinner and to enjoy the warmth and .friendship - open 


Among our guests, came Allen Borgia, his wife sx^d. baby 
daughter. All an , a "Wayside *wa Boys Seho . ow 

in the Army Air Corps and doing quir.e a i- 
he enjoys this new experience, he seemed glad bo return a 
few familiar faces here at the Inn. While waitiug for c . . to 
be served, the young "Kiss Dor gin* 5 entertained ever, 
the Bar Room, Fasinated by the firelight, she sat down 
chair which her daddy placed by the fire m ;stile 

to each guest as they entered the room u -ryone my. 
Durgin family and we are looking forward to them quite 
as Mr* Durgin is stationed nearby „ 


Week of November X6 - 22, 194-7 inclusive 

Saturday «, November 22 , 1947 f and Gooi 

Two groves of Girl Scouts , all dressed in dark green 

dresses and matching caps, came to visit the Inn this morair= 
As the groups were small, they were allowed t m fee 

sign tiie "Guest Book" after which the hostess 

tour through the Irm, At the conclusion be tour, one 

stepped forward to speak ror the group to express the! re* 

elation for i n instructive fecdp through the Inn, 

Evening brought Mr» and Mrs« Grove r Cronin as veil 
as lr. Sullivan from Worcester with a party of twenty. V 
Sullivan's party enjoyed a Roast Turkey Dinner served to bhea 
on the porch. The part/ concluded the evening by holding a 
short business meeting at the fc 

Week of Hovember 23 - 29, 1947 

Sunday, November 23, 1947 Pleasant 

■It is lots easier to move mountains than men's 
said Robert G. LeTouraeaUj famous l<*y preacher^, when he addressed 
a large Boston audience yesterday* Today Sr. LeTouyneau was a 
dinner guest at the Ixin and his large figure towered above a! 
others in the dining room* . s own soul was "moved" about ten 
years ago. Ever since then he has been a lay preacher, going 
all over the country in his own private plane, to R serve the 
Lord** In the meantime Mr« LeToumeau manufactures the world's 
largest earth-moving machines, bull doners , tournapuils, angle 
dozers end rooters. One of his latest machines cai- d a 
house in twenty-four hours* lie attributes his success to the 
Lord and says that "the more time I spend serving the Lord, 
more my business grows," 

Monday, November 24, 1947 Rain 

Reservations for Thanksgiving are pouring in and 
the telephone is ringing constantly. The number at this 
moment is 698 but it varies from hour to hour as some people 
add a person and others take one away and still others cancel 
altogether. There is a hustle and bustle ail through the 
house and outside the men are busy laying the board walk far 
tlie winter* 

Mr. Robert Pell, representing white, Bower & Prevo 
oX Detroit arrived by taxi from Tramingham this morning, lie 
will be working at the office for a week or so, taking 
and sleeping at the Inn* 

A mother was overheard saying to her little girl, 
"See, here is the Bali Eooml Wouldn't :,. J © to dan<; 
The little girl replied, "Oh J no, fcha 

Tuesday, November 25 » 1947 Pit 

The Boston newspapers have recently pictured few 
our guests who have distinguished themselves through sclent i 
work und social service. The lady first - is Mrc. Laurence B 

is pictured at the wheel of her husband's Model I Foru. 
reader of the Diary may remember that Mr*. Dame arrived at the 

Week of November 23 - 29, 1947 

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Tuesday, November 25, 1947 (continued) 

front door of the Inn on a recent Sunday in the very s*u£e «y 
Mrs a Dame appears in Bed Cross uniform and as a member of the 
Motor Corps is doing errands, transporting veterans and driving 
patients to and from hospitals an her 1914- touring car. The 
other Inn guest viho is a member of Professor Schell's Waysiders 
group is Professor Ernest A. Hauser of the lias 3, Institute t 
Technology. He was chosen by a readers poll in the Bulletin 
the American Chemical Society as the ablest chesdst in the United 
States working in his particular field, which is colloid chemistry. 

Wednesday , ^ovemiaer 26, 1947 Pleasant - Barm 

On this day before Thar- Izrn is clean and 

shining. Greens and orange candles and gourd3 and pine eonftfl 
have begun to appear on the mantles in the different rooms* 0- 
hearth brooms whicn .finally wore out have been i \ / fine 
new ones which came from Berea College in Kentucky, there is 
one hanging by each of the fireplaces. One of our hois.. rts 
has asked for one of the old brooms to hang by her firep 
When told they were past being useful she said, "Oh, X ~o. 
It is just for sentiment* 8 

Mrs. Ehoades stopped her light blue convertible Ford. 
at the front door and came in just to say "hello.* and Be 
and see me. H 

Thursday, November 27, 1947 Very please 


The day dawned brightly and the house was alive with 
a spirit of festivity* Sows upon rows of fat, browned turkt 
were standing ready at an early >*our to yield to the strokes 
a large carving knife* Our family was to number nearly seven 
hundred. Six hundred and seventy-eight came, friends and 
relatives, young and old and many strangers. But ail were here 
to catch the spirit of Thanksgiving as it was celebrated for 
the very first time in America. Tne same kind of wooden utensils 
surrounded the guests, they sat in the same kind of chairs and 
ate the same kind of food. Heaping plates of Turkey, squash, 
potatoes and onions were set before each guest, making him aware 
of his good fortune and the many tilings for which he had to be 

Week of November 23 - 29, 1 

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Thursday, November 27, 1947 (cont 

Small boys were seen to loosen their belts while Mot 
murmured something about abandoning her diet *jst for ," 

The plum pudding was excellent and the mince pie was just as good 
as Grandmother used to m&J£e. Herteac ■:, wb 

he has been and food he has eaten 9 o - .. ■ Hi 

program, was here. Also Oiga Owens, Book reviewer for the Best ■ 
Herald and Mary Sari Gould, author of K 01d 'wooden lare.® And 
among our overnight guests staying for the entire in cl ar« 

Madame Gurney-Raymond, Professor Christopher Salmon of 'irinxty 
College and «. S. ^arvey publisher of a widely distributed iiome 
Economics magazine. Three people from ftew, *ork came to Boston 
on the train, then aired a taxi-cab to came to the Zan for the- 
Thank 3 giving feast. tad feast It was - those who cook. - Bad 
served it think it was somewhat o eat as well as a feast. 

iday, %veabc 47 

Madame Guriiey~F^vmond 5 a house guest a 
several days, introduced us to a most cha _>. 

afternoon. Ker name - Maria Rodriquea and hei - Mei: I 

City. Miss ilodziquea, a concer t, is the wimier of a 

sat talent contest held in Boston and wi heard 

the season as guest artist with Art, on 

Pops orch , In the evening, Miss : 

.ections on the piano in the large B- : , 
**r. *ell, Madame Gumey-ftaymonci a as an 

audience. At the con- 
Miss fisher offered sc roc si ;ions. 

Saturday, November 29, 194? Cold 

Mr. Duncan, from Scarsdaie, S< • .ad 

most interesting guest, paid us a visit t»day. Mr* Dune;. 
our "outdoor guest" apen&a very little of his time .fa the Jmi 
for he immediately makes a quick change to his "hi'. td 

sets out for a long walk through the many wooded paths ah 
the Inn. Nevertheless, he never fails to come baci; an 

instructive bit of information, a ruddy complexion, and a 
fcreaendou3 appetite. Mr. Duncan, who usually comes alone, 
was accompanied on this trip by his wife and daughter.. All 
three spent the night at the Inn and departed for Mew Zork 
the following morning. 

Week of November $Q - Decemner 6, 1947 

Sunday, November 30, 1947 

The proverbial Thanksgiving bird having had its 
day of practically unlimited popularity during toe past v» 
was still the most popular dinner choice today. ,st 
Sirloin of Beef or well done Sioiled Chicken were tossed 
aside and the Turkey reigned first and foremost on the dinner 
plate-. Last Sunday *<ith the anticipation of a gobbler in 
every household, turkey was chosen hy the majority. Is it 
stylish to be seen eating turkey? Is it popularized as being 
fashionable? Is turkey one of the items listed on the reduc- 
ing diets? Dp people eat turkey because of the cranberry 
sauce and dressing that goes with it? Is it easier to cut 
and chew a slice of turkey than baked ham? Or is turkey just 
plain good? These are some of the questions we were asking 
ourselves on this first Sunday after Thanksgiving. 

Monday, December 1, 194-7 Very cold 

The thermometer, some 3ay, went as low as 7 degrees 
above zero laot night, the 30th of November. In spite of 
the cold Sir. Hooker drove over from Framingham to have break- 
fast at the Inn. Winter is here and all the signs point to 
a "white Christmas". Our seven wild geese are still with us, 
getting bigger and fatter day by day. Perhaps thev are 
planning to spend the winter. 

This morning we watched a gray squirrel as he ran in 
and out of a hole in the large tree by the front door. 
was evidently lining his nest^as he would pull a dead oak leaf 
from under the Japanese lev/ on the other side of the path and 
carrying it in his south 7 scamper up the tt- . disappear into 
the hole. Alter a second or two, out he came to scurry down 
again and select another leaf* He will have a nice warm nest 
and we hope plenty to eat. 

Week of November 30 - December 6, 1947 


Tuesday* December 2, 19A7 Pleasant 

Breezing in the front door on a recent afternoon was 
an attractive young man in gay knitted sweater whie «sted 
the rigid ?f inters and out-door life of the Sc-iUidinavi&n countries. 
It was a dark blue sweater with two large white stags prancing 
across the front of it. The boy spoke with a foreign accent and 
soon two and two or rather one and one (the sweater and the accent; 
were put together and Captain Bjorn Arnold ftorholt of the Eoyai 
Norwegian Army made a friendly bow. He had a fine face and 
attractive smile and he spoke proudly of bis Jfother in Norway 
who had knit the sweater. And quite unusual for a man of his 
age, he seemed to have a deep appreciation of the old Inland 
of course wanted to know all about Ule Bull's connection with it. 
Some day he will come oaek, he said, because he is for the time 
being, taking some special courses at Harvard College, 

Wednesday, December 3, 1947 Warmer 

The news of the death of Miss Ann Die.ffenbach came 
to us today. We feel especially sad as Christmas approaches, 
because she and her sister, Joan, have been house guests here 
at this time for so many years. They took delight in helping 
us in our activities and preparations about the house. 

Ten green and red Christmas stockings, for the 
Children's Party on the nineteenth, cut and stitched by Mrs. 
Purdy were blanket-stitched today by Miss MacKechnie. Invic 
tions to the Party have been sent cut to all employees and about 
fifty children are expected and there must be a ig for 
every child, 

A luncheon guest said with pleased surprise "There's 
a fire bucket upstairs with my ancestor's name on it - A, Tarboxl 
He came from Maine and the name is French and used to be spelled 

One of a group of business men was heard to say in the 
Old Kitchen, pointing to the candlemold: "That's to make bullets." 
Some of our guests are well informed, some are not, but they all 
enjoy looking around the Inn, 

Week of November 30 - December 6, 1947 

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Thursday, December 4, 1947 Pleasant 

Last week we men tioned Herman ctaitfa of radio tame, 
who was here for Thanksgiving dinner. Yesterday he was tne 
guest of M&rjorie Mills on her noon time broadcast from 1B2 
in Boston. Herman is the kind of person who is chatty and 
gets right down to the common folks level* He generally talks 
about food and even tho he is what is called a large "bulk* 
of a man and is crippled and carries a cane, he manages to <. 
a great deal of cooking* He tries out new and interesting 
recipes and remembers what his mother used to make. He ac 
a dash of this and a dash of that and sprinkles it all with 
a good portion of humor o And by the way, he is a bachelor 3 
and yesterday, when speaking on the radio, said that if he 
ever got married he would be married in our Martha-Mary Chapel I 
he thought it so beautiful. And of course, he spoke of the 
Inn and how he wished every "kid B in the country could see it. 
"I think we owe *r. Henry Ford a debt of gratitude for preserving 
this museum filled with its beautiful antiques" he said* Later 
in the program he mentioned his good Thanksgiving dinner and how 
he had brought a piece of waxed paper along • im to the Inn, 
hoping that someone would give him a drum stick for Susie (his 
dog) » 8 But no drumstick* v 

Friday, December 5, 1947 ^now 

This is a bad day for travelers., for the weather pre- 
diction is "three to six inches of snow", followed by rain and 
plenty of cold weather for the next few days." Thermometers 
in some sections are dawn to sixteen above zero. 

However, the children from the Mary Lamb School, clad 
in their bright winter toggs, arrived for their weekly dancing 
lesson. Early evening brought Mr. Haynes the dancing Easter b 
to the Inn for dinner before starting out for Westboro, where he 
holds a dancing class each week in the "Community Hall" for pupils 
of High School age. 

Our never to be outdone Mr. Robinson from Iforcester, 
Massachusetts always appears on the stormy, as well as the pliwnimi. 
nights. On a stormy eve, he never gorgets to wear his bright red 
necktie which we all admire so much. 

Week of November 30 - December 6, 1947 

Saturday, December 6, 1947 Cbl& 

Preparations for a "Gala Holiday a are being «ade at 
the Bin with sore and no re reservations for Christmas and e\ren 
New fear's Day coming in each day. 

&r« Coulter, who always sings or whistles a gay tune 
as he works, can be seen circulating through the Inn wiUi paint 
can and brush in hand, puting the finishing touches on a stair- 
case or a mantle • 

Soon the mantles, windows and tables will be decora tea 
for the "Holiday* with wreathes, bright red ribbons and berries, 
as well as "laurel ropes* which will be purchased at the "Wayside 
Country Store- * 

the waiside inn 

Week of December 7 - 13, 1947 inclusive 

Sunday, December 7, 1947 Cloudy 

Too of tea a day of commemoration or celebration passes 
without word or comment. For instance, the Fourth of July is so 
filled with travellers and Summer vacationists that the real 
significance of Independence is lost. Today, however, when the 
summer vacationists are all safely at home and the Inn is relative- 
ly quiet there is time to think of Pearl Harbor and the boys who 
died there. No one spoke of Pearl Harbor today end no one mentioned 
the sacrifices made there* The least we can do is pause for a 
moment in this daily journal to acknowledge our debt of gratitude. 
"In an anxious and discouraged world, we need the reinforcement of 
our heritage of past achievements j in a harsh and divided world, we 
need to reaffirm our basic loyalties.* 

Monday, December 8, 1947 Cold 

Today the roads are icy and a light fall of snow 
covers the ground. Driving conditions are poor and guests arc few. 

Our wild geese are still here in spite of the snov*. They 
brush it away so that they can get at the green grass underneath. 
Hun a car or truck goes by the geese are not frightened but keep 
on eating. 

Two deer were seen crossing the road by the Hager Barn 
perhaps aroused by hunters in the woods. It sshail be glad when 
the hunting season is over as one of the geese seems to have 

Tuesday, December 9, 1947 Cold - Cloudy 

A sprightly Winter wind danced around toe covers of the 
house this morning and painted red roses on the cheeks of all who 
entered. Not many entered. Few were riding out for pleasure on 
this cold day. We were therefore surprised when a gentleman and 
lady appeared and asked to see the house. The lady explained 
that the gentleman was French and could not speak English very v. ell, 
but she thought he should see the Wayside Inn above all places in 



Week of December 7-13, 194.7 inclusive 

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(continued ~ Dec 9, 1947) 

Furthermore, she wanted him to know the history of the house and 
furnishings* He bowed once or twice and said *Oui, oui H as the 
hostess described the old kitchen and parlor o Then he registered 
in our special Guest Book as Maurice Bedel, Paris, His novels 
are well known and widely read and at present Mr. Bedel is lectur- 
ing at Harvard, With a jaunty French tilt to his hat and cheeks 
a bright shade of pink, our Winter morning guest might easily have 
stepped from the Sue de la Paix into the cosy warmth of this old 
New England Inn. 

Wednesday, December 10, 1947 farmer 

The snow and ice are melting today making puddles of 
water underfoot,. But overhead there is sunshine and a blue sky. 

Mrs. Bennett came over after school, and had tea on the 
porch with two ladies from Wayiand. 

Agnes is taking a short vacation but will be back in time 
for the Christmas rush. 

Plans for the Christmas Party are being made and about 
ninety children are expected to attend. The children in the Redstone 
School are learning pieces to speak, songs to sing and brushing up 
on one or two dances* Mr. Haynes is to be Master of Ceremonies, it 
is hoped that fathers and mothers will join lustily in the singing 
of carols and that the evening will be a success from every point 
of vie«» The children will do their share, we feel very sure, 
and we will leave the rest to Santa Glaus. 

Thursday v . December 11, 1947 Partly cloudy 

The creaking and scraping of a snow shovel greeted %bt 
ear 3 of Wayside Inn-ers this morning. Coulter was at work clear- 
ing the front path after last night's snow. It was a storm of 
short duration and the flakes were of the fluffy, light variety. 
But the landscape is mostly white. viin, a lazy fire flickers 
on the hearth with an occasional crackle and pop. The flames are 
now lively and full of animation, now they slow down and burn 
steadily* They are like our guests, some lighten the whole room 
when they enter while others come day sifter day with nevti 
flicker to brighten our way. But all contribute something to 
quicken the warmth and friendliness of this old Inn. Each and 
every one lays a glowing ember on our hearth whether the day be 
white or green* 

Week of December 7-13, 1947 inclusive 

Friday , December 12, 1947 Cold 

the Inn is beginning to catch the "Christmas Spirit*'. 
A wreath tied with "Flaming Red* ribbon may be seen in each 
window and at night each wreath is set off by a bright yellow 

A huge wreath adorns the front door, set off by 
yards and yards of laurel rope. 

Inside the Inn everyone is kept busy preparing for 
the annual "Christmas Party* 1 . Christinas stockings will soon 
be filled} a present for each child bought and placed on the 
Christmas tree in the Ball Boom., 

Soon everything wj.11 be in readiness - the children 
will arrive and with wild anticipation await the coming of 
t& Claus. 

Saturday t December 13, 194.7 Pleasant 

Late this afternoon, the ISartha-K&ry Chapel was 
made the setting for a small family wedding. About fifty 
guests attended the marriage of Miss Ruth Baines of Framinghaia, 
Hassachusett s • 

Following the service, che newly married couple, 
along »dth their guests, enjoyed a Buffet Tea Served to the® in 
the small Bali room of the Inn. Assorted fancy sandwiches, 
fancy cakes, ice cream and coffee were served. 

Pink and white chrysanthemums adorned the buffet table 
and made an appropriate settingjfor the bride and her atte 
wore deep rose suits with matching flower hats. 

Week of December 14-20, 1947 

Sunday, December 14* 1947 Pleasant 

Perry Hayden, the Quaker miller from 'Xecumseh, Michigan, 
brought his cheering smile into the Inn today and inscribed the 
first page of his book - **God is my Landlord* in this fashion - 
"Perry Hayden, an enthusiastic guest at Wayside Inn" - Enthusiasm 
beamed all over his sailing, ruddy face as he spoke of his Dynamic 
Kernels Foundation and his wheat sharing plan. The book is filled 
tsfith pictures of the various harvests, the Sill and several informal 
poses of fir. Ford, the best one showing him seated in a stack of 
wheat. After a hasty trip through the house with Rev. Huffman, his 
host, Mr. Hayden was whisked off to a speaking engagement in Boston, 
with his warm, farewell handshake, he expressed the hope that he 
could return some day and spend more time here. 

Also in the dining room this noon was Mr. Edwin L. Kervood 
from London, who is spending some time at the Boston branch of 
Stienert'n, the well known music company which provides Stienway 
pianos for famous concert artists etc. Mr. Xervood is in charge of 
Stienerts 1 London store. 

Monday, December 15, 1947 Fair 

The hemlock wreaths for the windows arrived this noon 
bringing a breath of the fragrant pine woods into i km* Red 
ribbons, freshly washed and pressed vara tied on to quite a fe 
a 3 well as the string to hang them hy, before supper time came* 
The work was done in the apartment where it was cool. a room 
was filled with the sweet smell of pine and it was with reluctance 
that we left this pleasant task for the mundane pleasure oi eating. 

Mr. Coulter has been busy ail day wiring the windows 
for the Christmas lights. By tomorrow night there v;ill bi a Light 
and a wreath in every window u The wreaths came from the Country 
Store and are especially large and luxurious so that they will just 
about fill each window. 


leek of December 14- - 20, 1947, inclusive 
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Tuesday, December 16, 1947 Cloudy 

A long table covered with a red and white cloth, stretched 
the length of the old kitchen this evening and provided places for 
twenty-two dinner guests. Xhey were family and friends of Kr. Arthur 
A Williams, who was celebrating his birthday. One of the ladie3 
handed us a birthday cake and another one a large box which contained 
four dozen red roses. The latter were distributed among the guests 
while the cake was brought in at the proper time, lighted with tiny 

Mr. Vlilliaas was highly pleased and remarked on leaving 
that everything was done just right to his taste - which we might 
add, is a "King's" liaste. 

Wednesday, December 17, 1947 Pleasant 

A lady drove all the way from Connecticut today to see 
the birds on the estate. Her bird glasses hung by a strap around 
her neck and she was so eager to get out doors she could hardly 
wait to eat her lunch. 'She was especially interested in the wood 
ducks but when told that there were seven wild geese to see as 
well she was all tile more anxious to get out. When the birds, 
recently seen on our ballroom roofj were described to her she said 
they must have been rose -breasted grosbeaks and that sometimes 
they stay all winter. 

Mrs. Hannah of the 2.W.C.A. brought a group of fourteen 
to dinner. The reservation specified, one table in the Old 
Dining Room and Christmas greens for decoration. The dinner was 
much enjoyed by all the girls and the table looked very gay with 
red glass Christmas tree balls shining among the pine boughs. 

Week of December U - 20, 1947 

Thursday, December 13 , 194-7 Pleasant 

The Ian was the scene this evening of a gala Christmas 
party held by employees of the Worcester County Institution for 
Savings* There were one hundred and seventy-five men and somen 
who tossed a3ide financial cares and made merry in the large 
dining room and ball room. As a get-better acquainted gift, each 
person was requested to bring something for someone else. Conse- 
quently, before the first course of the Boast Beef dinner was 
served - the guests were tooting toy horns and dragging small rubber 
automobiles across the tables. One gentleman sported a new v«rist 
watch of the Woolworth variety Informality and jollity reigned 
until the ice cream dessert was served „ Afterwards, a professional 
entertainer provided a marionette show. This was followed by old- 
fashioned dancing directed by Mr. Kaynes. 

Friday, December 19, 1947 Cold 

The annual Christmas Party for the "Redstone School" 
children, their families and friends, was held this evening in 
the large Sail Room of the Inn. 

The entertainment for the Christmas Party this year 
was put on entirely by the Redstone School pupils and featured 
dances such as the "Heel and Toe Polka" and the "Singing Quadrille" 
as well as a recitation by each child. 

Following the children's program, both children and 
grown-ups enjoyed a visit from Santa Claus. Santa, being ably 
assisted this year by our jovial dancing master, fir. Kaynes. 

Each child received a present, a Christmas stocking 
filled with pop com and candies 3 as well as a bright red apple. 
The apples which were given to each child were donated by Mr. 
Hulbert, the new ov.ner of the Wayside Inn orchard:;. Refresh- 
ments, consisting of ice cream and cake were served to children 
and guests. 

It was generally felt by all present, that the Redstone 
School children took great pride in being a part of the festivities, 
rather than ^er&ly looking on. 

Seek of December U - 2B, 1947 

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Saturday, December 20, 1947 Clear and cold 

Our Guests 

The luncheon hour today brought several "old timers" that 
we hare not seen for cjiite some time. The;, Mr. and Wps* "hitney, 
ircas Frasiiiighaa and an elderly gentleman named Mr. "Socdbury. 

Still another couple, pleased to find the Inn open during 
the winter months, paused .in the Bsr Room to look over the Eenu. 
Finally, the wife remarked n I cant decide between Chic. L^ers 
and en ?ie.* Well, dear, said the husband *Is life v^orth 
living? - lou knois it all depends upon the liver*" 

A party of five sum to visit the Inn this afternoon and 
registered fro® Scotland. We found they had just landed in this 

country, so were eager to see all and everything the Inn had to 


the misim INH 

Week of December 21 - 23, 1947 

Sunday, December 21, 194-7 Pleasant 

This is Christmas Sunday and timet for a Christmas 
story. The reader may remember last year's story about the 
carpenters who were working at the old Walker house on the after- 
noon before Christmas and how they laid some nails on the hearth 
for the new owners to see. The nails spelled "Merry Christmas.* 
This year we hare another story from the neighborhood, one which 
concerns the old Ezekiel S&sm place and its new owners, fir, and 
Mrs, Wittenborg. Mrs. Wittenborg was expected home from the 
hospital last week with a new baby girl. In her absence, Maaie 
Gould, former Inn employee, had taken care of the house and fair: 
consisting of Dr. Wittenborg and two small children. She kept 
house spotlessly clean and on the afternoon of Mrs. Wittenberg's 
return home, Mazie had polished all the brasses, decorated with 
Ghristaaas greens and otherwise prepared for a royal iniilncilw. 
Urs. Wittenborg stood in the door with babe In ar^s, deeply 
touched. "Mazie," she said, "as a kind of celebration and in 
appreciation, please go out somewhere with your husband ana have 
a nice dinner together. I will pay for it." Mazie kto Gov. 
were dinner guests that evening at the Wayside Inn. 

Monday, December 22, 1947 Fair 

Chrigtmas cards for "layside Inn Folks" or "The Ladies 
at the Bar" or just "Hostesses" are beginning to arrive. From 
Dr. van Schaick comes a poem in blank verse entitled "To the 
''ios teases". The poem which begins "To deal with crowds and. not 
lose the common touch" - is very flattering and so cannot be 
quoted in full* 

Guests still come from far and near. Recently such 
places as Tunis, Tunisia, Montevideo, Uraguay, Honolulu and 
Kirkcaldy, Scotland were found in the register- 

The %itaan3 from Marlboro dropped in for lunch today 
and Mrs. Russell from Wellesiey with her housekeeper and 
chauffeur. Mrs. Russell said proudly, "We are having Christmas 
Dinner at home, eleven of us I" 

Week of December 21 - 27, 1947 

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Tuesday, December 23, 1947 Snow 

Today the Christmas spirit began to penetrate into 
every nook and corner of the house. Pine, spruce and hemlock 
boughs brought in for decoration, sent an aroma of Christ,: 
tree fragrance through the air while Mr. Coulter* s cheery 
whistle floated in and out with its timely tune, "I'm dreaming 
of a white Christmas „ n Down stairs the proverbial, holiday bird 
was ready and waiting to be stuffed. The pair of tall silver 
candlesticks were undergoing a strenuous polishing while on the 
hearth a sleepy fire seemed , like everyone else, to be dreaming 
of a white Christmas- Suddenly we dashed to the window as if 
we had heard Santa > r l bells and reindeer on the night before 
Christmas, lhat we saw this afternoon were hundreds of tiny 
snow flakes falling gently to the ground and assuring us of a 
perfectly white Christmas. Our dreams had come true! 

Wednesday, December 24, 1947 Pleasant 

After yesterday's snowstorm during which about ten 
inches fell, today we look out upon a veritable fairyland. The 
3now is still clinging to the branches of tbe trees since it has 
been too cold for it to melt and fall off. Blue sky and sunshine 
make a paradise for photographers. Even at night pictures of one 
Inn were token by Mr, Plowman. He spent about an hour in the 
cold to get a time exposure in color. 'He hope he has good luck 
and that we can see the results of hie efforts. 

Such a beautiful sight as toe Inn at night should be 
preserved somehow. The warm glow of the in each window 
is reflected across the snow. The wreaths capped with snow and 
icicles stand out against this rosy light. Icicles also hang 
from festoons of green laurel twined about the pillars on each 
side of the front door. On this Christmas Eve it is not very 
difficult to imagine that Santa Clans is in that cloud of snow 
swirling around one of toe big chimneys up there on the roof. In 
his sleigh drawn by eight tiny reindeer "light as the down of the 
thistle* they rise and disappear into the darkness. 

Week of December 21 - 27, 19-. 

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Thursday, December 25, 1947 

To make Christmas 194-7 a perfect day, the sun shone 
brightly on a completely white-coated World. At least- it mi 
white in this little corner where the Inn itself with sua 
capped wreaths and icicles dripping from ever:/ rool top and 
window sill, expressed in a beautiful, dignified way,, the warmth 
and friendliness, the joy and gladness of Christmas* Nestled 
down among the winter hills, the Inn looked like a Christ urd, 
a picture which became real and alive when boys and girls dressed 
in gay mufflers and mittens came dancing down the front walk, 
carrying dolls and toys and teddy bears from Santa's pack. One 
tiny tot tinkled the bells on the peak of her bright red cap as 
asked orer and over - "Can you hear Santa Glaus coming?" 

Across the dining tables friends greeted friends with 
a "Merry Christmas 8 , Several guests shook hands with a young 
school boy from England* Towards evening when young and. old had 
gone to their homes and when a candle had been lighted behind the 
wreath in every window, the Inn again became a Christmas card and 
within its folds, a single word was written - "PEACE.* 

Friday, December 26, 1947 

A snow storm of intense force blanketed Nevv England 
today, leaving a deposit of from twelve to fifteen inches of m 

Boston fared quite well, as the snow soon turned to rain, 
but here in Sudbury we have a truly beautiful w- cene. 

The pine trees bow low with the weight of the snow, the 
lamps in front of the Inn look as if they would toppl,. with 
the weight of the snow and huge crystal gle&ar icicles hand from &t 
door and window. 

Our Grist Mill took on a grandeur look and although the 
wheel is laden with ice and snow, it continues to turn slowly but 
surely. The Chapel also looks cold but beautiful on its mountain 
of pure white snow. 

leek of December 21 - 27, 194-7 


Saturday, December 27 , 1947 Geld 

Cku-ney-iWyaond, aho lives at Trinity Court in 
Boston, e&me to the Inn today for a few days rest. The 
Madame - as she is called - sang in many light operas and at 
one time sang and traveled with the famous tenor b is . * 

B8me» Gurney-Haymond teaches 7c c -apy and 
although it is an interesting profession, it is also a tiresome 
one - so she seeks a little relaxation at cur Inn. 

When leaving she exclaimed "My next visit to the Inn 
will be in March when the lambs are born.* Mrne. who is quite 
fond of animals likes to sit on the Porch and watch the Iambs 
grazing in the field across the way. 

Week of December 28, 1947 - January 3, 194S 

Sunday, December 2t, 1947 Cloudy 

The neighbor's have been particularly neighborly during 
the holidays and today Mr. and Mrs« Calvin Smith entertained at a 
(Tnristss&s tea which «as attended by Mr, and Mrs. Purdy sad M 
Staples, Also attending were our newer neighbors , Mr» and B 
Caldwell, who purchased the old Hager house and Mr. and Mrs. Temple 
who bought the Jones place. Also Mr. and Sirs. Colby who fa 
been living in the talker house about a year. The Colbys 
their neighborhood party on Christmas night. It was not really a 
party, but an informal gathering of good friends around the huge 
fireplace in the little seventeenth century house on Peakham Road, 

Monday, December 29, 1947 ?&ry cold 

It is almost time to begin our annual stock taking, that 
is, checking of library books and all the antiques through-cur, the 
house. Another chore, and a new one this year, will be m 
letters to about sixty brides arid grooas who have been serried at 
the Martha-Mary Chapel, Mien we have had four sore weddings there, 
we will have reached the one hundred mark, We are asking each 
couple to contribute pictures of their wedding so that we can wake 
our Bride's Book more complete and more in teres . ;■ future brides 
and grooms. Some have already done thisybut the majority here not^ 
and we arc- hoping each one of these will respond to our request. 
A beginning was made today by the typing of about lopee* 

Tuesday, December 30, 1943 Pleasant 

In the rush of the holiday season we neglected, to retention 
a disiinquishad guest who paid us an overnight 1 :.j 9 

December 18th. He was Rex Stout, writer of mystery stories and 
creator of the well known character, Nero Wolf, Mr. Stout is 
distinquished looking also and attracted some attention in the din- 
ing room with a neatly trimmed goatee and a brisk, lively manner. 
He was on his way early Friday morning after a brief telephone call 
and after putting his signature in our special Guest book. 

Week of December 28, 1947 - January 3, 1948 

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Tuesday, December 30, 1947 (continued) 

Another of our guasts who has distinquished herself 
as an author is Miss Esther Forbes of Worcester vh ,s the 
Inn occasionally and who hfta won Sfec (Wi miiifinl Metro- 
Goldwyn-Mayer novel award for her book, tentatively titl. 
•The fanning of the Tide- 1 ' is award carries with it ft 
miniiauss of §150, 000 a to the author «itb a ility of 
$250,000. contingent upon sales. 

Wednesday, December 31, 1947 Cloudy) 

After the recent snowstorms a great deal of snow 
has acciBBulated on the various roofs of the Ins. 
higher temperature has caused it to melt and this means that 
there may be leaks in .use. Mr. Coulter if cor ..Lly 
watching out for fchea but just at the moment they a ll seem to 
be under control, Evident Ly fcherft will be soae lea :ie 
roads later as our sand truck iust went by with Mr. HacMil"iar. 
busily shoveling sand in the rear« 

Two ladies from the Brookline Bird Club came for 
lunch and to look for birds. They walked up to the Country 
Store and ea their return gave a report of the birds they saw 
as well as a fox* 

On this Sew dear's Eve about one hundred boys and 
girls from Worcester had a dance in the large -Loom beau- 
tifully decorated with balloons of all colors and shapes and 
sizes. Inconspicuously tied to the centre chandelier *a? 
small piece of mis tie tow. They had a wonderful f.ced 
the New ^ear in and left at about one o'clock in the morn 

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